The lawmakers have signed onto a petition calling talk of Reed's possible election 'concerning.' Reed beforehand served as Biden's chief of staff when he was vice president, and was the top staffer on the Bowles-Simpson commission on deficit cuts.
That got the left-wing squad members bothered.
'OMB sets the President’s budgetary agenda. Putting someone who will prioritize paying down the deficit ahead of all other concerns in charge is a recipe for cutting our earned benefits and turning the COVID recession into a depression. Rejecting Reed will be a major test for the soul of the Biden presidency,' states the petition, which was established by Justice Democrats, who assisted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other squad members in office.
It further sets up the problem as a battle test – even though Biden himself has called dealing with the pandemic a top priority and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has explained that the purpose is to 'crush' it with a $3 trillion package.
'Putting someone who will prioritize paying down the deficit ahead of all other concerns in charge is a recipe for cutting our earned benefits and turning the COVID recession into a depression. Rejecting Reed will be a major test for the soul of the Biden presidency,' they write.
Others joining the petition are Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), making it one of the most collective public struggles against a Biden hire.
Reed came from the centrist Democratic Leadership Commission and served in the Clinton administration, before joining the deficit commission and signing on with Biden.
Oddly, the story says some squad members are 'suspicious' of people being rumored for jobs, but additionally satisfied with the major national security announcements published to date. They include former Secretary of State John Kerry, who brings weight and knowledge to the position of climate advisor; former Fed chair Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary; Alejandro Mayorkas as the first immigrant and Hispanic to manage Homeland Security; and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, an Obama administration Africa specialist, as a representative to the UN.
Some Republicans named Tlaib anti-Semitic after she weighed in on Twitter upon Antony Blinken, Biden's pick to be secretary of state, reacting to a comment naming him a 'solid choice.'
''So long as he doesn't suppress my First Amendment right to speak out against Netanyahu's racist and inhumane policies. The Palestinian people deserve equality and justice,' she tweeted.