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Senate panel signs off on Obama budget pick

The Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday approved Shaun DonovanShaun L. S. DonovanHouse Dems call on OMB to analyze Senate budget plan Overnight Finance: Dems turn up heat on Wells Fargo | New rules for prepaid cards | Justices dig into insider trading law GOP reps warn Obama against quickly finalizing tax rules MORE’s bid to lead the Office of Management and Budget, sending the nomination to the full Senate for consideration.

The panel approved Donovan’s nomination by a vote of 15 to 6.

Donovan, who is now the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, received bipartisan backing from committee members for his nomination. But some Republicans have been critical of the pick, arguing the longtime Obama adviser lacked the proper experience and was too political for the position at stake.

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“Since taking office, the President has staffed his budget office with political loyalists and insiders who have ignored our perilous financial condition and taken no steps to repair it,” said Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE (R-Ala.), the ranking Republican on the panel. “Mr. Donovan has no demonstrated record or will to bring this surging government under control.”

Republicans also accused Donovan of being unresponsive as HUD Secretary, and used his confirmation hearings as an opportunity to criticize the president’s budgetary priorities and the growth of the national debt under his administration.

Democrats heaped praise on Donovan, calling him an effective housing official and the right man to take control of the president’s budget.

“It is clear Secretary Donovan is focused first and foremost on strengthening the middle class, and creating opportunity for workers and families, and I look forward to the full Senate quickly approving this nomination,” said Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn Murray30 million people will experience eating disorders — the CDC needs to help Mulvaney remarks on Trump budget plan spark confusion Overnight Finance: Mulvaney sparks confusion with budget remarks | Trump spars with lawmakers on tariffs | Treasury looks to kill 300 tax regs | Intel chief's warning on debt MORE (D-Wash.).

If confirmed, Donovan would take over OMB for Sylvia Matthews Burwell, who was picked by the president to take over the Department of Health and Human Services.