Jon Tester, the only Democratic senator in a state that voted for Trump by double digits besides Manchin, says he supports Tanden because she's "plenty well qualified," per Hill pool.
More from Tester on Tanden, via Hill pool: "If you take a look at the folks who we voted in the last cycle, I think she’s pretty damn qualified... Anybody who can get both the left and the right mad has got to be qualified.”
Tester says the White House should not pull Tanden's nomination and says "I hope it moves forward," per Hill pool. "I think she’s qualified. She’s different."
Tanden needs at least one GOP senator while holding onto Democrats like Bernie Sanders and Kyrsten Sinema.

The only undecided Republicans who haven't opposed any Biden nominees so far are Shelley Moore Capito and Lisa Murkowski. forbes.com/sites/andrewso…

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Full statement 👇
Here's where we are with state GOPs:

Censured
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Burr

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Collins
Toomey (PAGOP chair already condemned his vote)

No action
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Q: “You strike me as the person who took the biggest political risk today, because obviously you’re up for reelection.”

Murkowski: “This is not about me. This is not about me. This is not about me."
Murkowski: "There are consequences with every vote... but I cannot allow the significance of my vote to be devalued by whether or not I feel that this is helpful for my political ambitions."
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That amendment, obtained by @Forbes👇
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@RepDeanPhillips said they should “get a grip on reality."

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Zelensky: "A little bit? [laughs]."
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