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Urgent Action Needed - February 22-24, 2021!


From Bel Leong-Hong, Chair of the Democratic National Committee AAPI Caucus ...


We need your urgent help today. As you all may know, our AAPI Nominees are now beginning their confirmation process. Neera Tanden is the nominee for Director of Office of Management and Budget. When confirmed, she will be the FIRST AAPI Woman to serve in that very important and powerful Cabinet Level position. She is scheduled to have her Confirmation hearing, which is scheduled for: Wednesday, February 24 – Senate Budget Committee Markup to Consider the Nomination of Neera Tanden, of Massachusetts, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget

You may have heard late last week that Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia had indicated a NO vote. In a razor thin majority, we need every vote. We very urgently need you to do two things to support Neera’s nomination—there is time urgency because the Confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday Feb 24:

  • Email/calls from West Virginians to Sen. Manchin. The Ask is to have the Senator change his vote from a NO to a Yes to CONFIRM NEERA TANDEN FOR DIRECTOR OF OMB. This is form they can use to send in their comments https://www.manchin.senate.gov/contact-joe/email-joe. I am not sure if anyone is working in his offices but the phone number of his DC office is 202-224-3954 and his Charleston office is 304-342-5855.


  • Moderate Republicans: Need special help with Republicans such as Portman (OH), Romney (UT), Murkowski (Alaska), Crapo (ID), Cramer (ND), Toomey (PA), Braun (IN). The Ask is to have the Senators VOTE YES to CONFIRM NEERA TANDEN FOR DIRECTOR OF OMB. This link has phone number and email address or links for each Senator https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm. If we know people in those states we should ask them to reach out to their folks.

  • ALL SENATORS IN YOUR RESPECTIVE STATES, please contact them by mail or phone The Ask is to have the Senators VOTE YES to CONFIRM NEERA TANDEN FOR DIRECTOR OF OMB. This link has phone number and email address or links for each Senator . If we know people in those states we should ask them to reach out to their folks.


  • This letter prepared by our friends at Asian American Action Fund (aaafund.org) can be used as a model, in case you want to write letters too.

AAA Fund letter in support Neera Tanden
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Please send out to members of your network, your affinity groups, and others who are looking for ways to get involved. We need all hands on deck for this one. Thanks!

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