Senate confirms Donovan as OMB director

 

McClatchy Washington Bureau

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Shaun Donovan to be the new director of the Office of Management and Budget.

The vote was 75-22.

Donovan has been running the Department of Housing and Urban Development since the start of President Barack Obama's administration. He will replace Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who led the OMB until Obama in April named her as the next secretary of Health and Human Services.

“From his outstanding work at HUD helping to rebuild our housing market to his leadership in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Shaun has played a crucial role in our efforts to battle back from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes and expand opportunity for more Americans,” Obama said in a statement. “While we have made significant strides by investing in areas that are helping to grow the economy, creating good jobs, and promoting more effective and efficient management in government, Shaun knows there is more work to do, and today’s bipartisan vote ensures the dedicated professionals at OMB will have a proven, effective leader to build on the progress we’ve made.”

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