Budget nomination heads to full Senate vote

President Obama's nominee to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget easily won approval of the Senate Budget Committee on Wednesday

The committee cleared the nomination of Sylvia Matthews Burwell by a voice vote, after the dramatic defeat of the Senate gun bill.

Earlier in the day the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also cleared the Burwell nomination on a voice vote. 

Although Obama's 2014 budget was pilloried by Senate Republicans last week, Burwell has attracted no real enemies in her confirmation process.

 She served as deputy budget director under President Clinton and can claim credit for helping to balance the budget in the late 1990s.

It appears unlikely that she will face a filibuster as did Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. 

Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who at times has called former Obama budget director Jack Lew a liar, had the opportunity to call for a roll call vote in a committee on Burwell to register an objection but he did not. 

In addition to producing the annual president's budget, Burwell will be responsible for overseeing all federal regulations, hence the Homeland Security Committee vote. 

“Sylvia Burwell is an extremely qualified and exceptional choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget and I am very glad that her nomination was approved by the Senate Budget Committee with strong bipartisan support. I am confident that she is going to do a great job at OMB working to boost the economy and tackle our deficit and debt in a balanced way, and I am looking forward to the full Senate approving her nomination as quickly as possible,” Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said in a statement.