Senate panel approves Lew nomination


The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 9-0 this morning to confirm Jacob “Jack” Lew as the next director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Lew’s nomination, announced by President Obama in July, must also win approval from the Senate Budget Committee before going to the full Senate.  As of this morning, the budget committee had not scheduled a vote, according to its web site.

If confirmed, Lew, 55, would replace Peter Orszag, who resigned this summer. OMB Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients is meanwhile serving as acting director.


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