Panel sets vote on Obama deputy budget director nominee

The Senate Budget Committee has set up a Wednesday vote on the nomination of Brian Deese to be President Obama’s deputy budget director.

The vote on the Deese nomination will take place during a schedule roll call vote in the Capitol, the committee told members Monday.

Deese was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on May 22, so approval by Senate Budget would set up a floor vote.

The nomination appears to be non-controversial. Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) did not show up to Deese’s hearing at the Budget Commitee nor did any other Republicans. 

Obama’s new budget director Sylvia Burwell won Senate approval on a 96 to O vote, despite Republican criticism of the president’s budget proposals.

Deese replaces Heather Higginbottom who left OMB to work for Secretary of State John Kerry. The primary focus of the deputy director is the writing of the budget, while a separate deputy director for management takes the lead on regulatory and day-to-day cost control issues.

Obama has yet to nominate someone for the other deputy role. 

The Office of Management and Budget is also lacking an executive associate director and director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), which analyzes all federal regulations. 

Obama has nominated Howard Shelanski for the OIRA role and a hearing is expected this month.