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Senate confirms Trump's OMB deputy

Senate confirms Trump's OMB deputy
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The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Russell Vought as deputy White House budget chief by a 50-49 vote after months of keeping the nomination in limbo.
 
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Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynGOP split on counteroffer to Biden's spending Police reform talks hit familiar stumbling block CNN asks Carol Baskin to comment on loose Texas tiger MORE (R-Texas) held up the nomination for months over demands for more disaster relief funding for his state, which was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey last year.
 
Vought’s nomination was marred by criticism over controversial religious comments he’d made in 2016. In a theological blog post for his alma mater, Wheaton College, Vought argued that Muslims "do not know God."
 
“Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned,” he wrote at the time.
 
The American Civil Liberties Union said Vought’s comments raised concern as to whether he would be able to uphold the value of nondiscrimination in a role that influences how federal money is spent.
 
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy MORE (I-Vt.) questioned Vought in a June hearing, asking if he believed all non-Christians were condemned. Sanders, who is Jewish, specifically asked if Jews were also condemned in Vought’s religious view.
 
Sanders faced pushback on his line of questioning from critics, who alleged that his questioning could amount to a religious test.