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Senate panel approves Jack Lew for OMB

By Ed O'Keefe

Jacob J. Lew also served as OMB director in the Clinton administration. (Photo by Jay Mallin)

President Obama's nominee to serve as budget chief is one step closer to confirmation, as the first of two Senate panels unanimously approved his nomination on Tuesday.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 9 to 0 to refer Lew to the full Senate. The Senate Budget Committee also must vote on him, because OMB directors are jointly referred to both panels.

Members of both parties hope to hold a confirmation vote on Lew before the Senate recesses for the November elections.

By Ed O'Keefe  | September 21, 2010; 9:20 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, Confirmation Hearings, Congress  
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