Obama nominee faces GOP anger over White House budget delays

Sylvia BurwellSylvia Mary Mathews BurwellPrice was a disaster for HHS — Time for an administrator, not an ideologue Overnight Healthcare: GOP chairman to introduce pre-existing condition bill ObamaCare enrollment hits 11.5M for 2017 MORE, President Obama’s nominee to be budget director, faces a critical week.

She will be meeting with key Republicans to tamp down any opposition they may have.

On Tuesday, Burwell will meet with Sen. Charles GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley on Trump calling Putin: 'I wouldn't have a conversation with a criminal' Lawmakers zero in on Zuckerberg GOP senator blocking Trump's Intel nominee MORE (R-Iowa), who led the opposition to Jack LewJacob (Jack) Joseph LewBig tech lobbying groups push Treasury to speak out on EU tax proposal Overnight Finance: Hatch announces retirement from Senate | What you can expect from new tax code | Five ways finance laws could change in 2018 | Peter Thiel bets big on bitcoin Ex-Obama Treasury secretary: Tax cuts 'leaving us broke' MORE becoming Treasury secretary earlier this year. Grassley is withholding judgment on Burwell until she has a hearing, an aide said.

Also next week, Burwell will meet with Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonHouse passes 'right to try' drug bill Senate GOP shoots down bill blocking Trump tariffs Possible North Korea summit raises anxiety in Washington MORE (R-Wis.), a Tea Party-backed fiscal hawk who nonetheless had a cordial dinner with Obama and other GOP senators this month.

Democrats say a Budget committee nomination hearing is being looked at for late April, after Easter recess and the administration’s budget is presented.

Burwell will also have a hearing in the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee given the Office of Management and Budget’s multifaceted role of preparing a budget, producing regulations and running the bureaucracy.

Johnson sits on both the Budget and Homeland Security committees.

Senate Republicans have lambasted Obama for repeatedly failing to submit a budget on time and sources said that could spell trouble for Burwell.

The 2014 Obama budget is now supposed to come out on April 8, according to the White House. It was due Feb. 4.

This year, Republicans showed with the nomination of Defense Secretary Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelIntel chief: Federal debt poses 'dire threat' to national security Hagel: Trump is 'an embarrassment' Tax cut complete, hawks push for military increase MORE that they are willing to mount usually rare filibusters of a nominee. Hagel's nomination failed to get 60 votes when it came up in early February but ultimately went through.

A source said that a hold could be placed on Burwell in protest over budget delays. Other GOP sources said that there does not yet appear to be widespread opposition to Burwell, who served as deputy chief of staff for President Clinton.

Missteps in the upcoming meetings could change that.

The feisty—some Democrats say nasty—back and forth in the Senate Budget Committee Thursday between Ranking Member Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse Dem moves to force vote on bill protecting Mueller Toobin goes off on Dershowitz for ‘carrying water’ for Trump Overnight Regulation: Groups sue over decision to end pay-data rule | EU proposes tax on tech companies | Sessions issues memo on death penalty for drug cases | Pruitt spent 5K on first class flights MORE (R-Ala.) and Democratic staff may not bode well.

Sessions grilled staffers for Chairman Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySpending bill would double child care funding for low-income families Funding bill gives billion boost for NIH medical research Spending bill prevents employers from pocketing tips under tip-pooling rule MORE (D-Wash.) and accused them of misrepresenting her new budget. Staffers claim it reduces the deficit by $1.85 trillion but using a different baseline preferred by Sessions this falls to $300 billion.

The exchange was reminiscent of when Sessions grilled Obama’s nominee to be deputy budget director, Heather Higginbottom, then placed a secret hold on her nomination.

Higginbottom was ultimately confirmed in October 2011 after a six-month delay. She left OMB with little fanfare this year to join Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryKentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice Breitbart editor: Biden's son inked deal with Chinese government days after vice president’s trip State lawmakers pushing for carbon taxes aimed at the poor MORE as a counselor.

Another problem for Burwell could come from liberal Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersModerates see vindication in Lipinski’s primary win Sanders: Fox News 'couldn't handle' town hall on economic inequality Mississippi woman appointed to Senate, making Vermont only state to never have female lawmaker MORE (I-Vt.). Burwell most recently served as the head of the charitable Wal-mart Foundation.

Sanders is a vocal critic of what he sees as Wal-mart’s low wages and anti-union policies.

A source said that Sanders is still mulling over the nomination. A “no” vote by Sanders could stall the nomination in the Budget Committee if Republicans are all opposed to Burwell.

Last week Burwell met with Homeland Security Chairman Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperWarren turns focus to Kushner’s loans Overnight Energy: Dems probe EPA security contract | GAO expands inquiry into EPA advisory boards | Dems want more time to comment on drilling plan Overnight Regulation: Senate takes first step to passing Dodd-Frank rollback | House passes bill requiring frequent reviews of financial regs | Conservatives want new checks on IRS rules MORE (D-Del.).

“I look forward to overseeing her confirmation hearing in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and to working with my colleagues to see to her swift and fair confirmation,” he said after the meeting.