There was an Executive Business Meeting of the Committee on the Budget on the Nomination of Brian C. Deese, of Massachusetts, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday, June 5, 2013(during a scheduled roll call vote) in the Capitol.

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EXECUTIVE BUSINESS MEETING ON THE NOMINATION OF BRIAN C. DEESE, OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO BE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013

UNITED STATES SENATE, COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET, Washington, D.C.

The Committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:39 a.m., in The Capitol, Hon. Patty Murray, Chairman of the

Committee, presiding.

Present: Senators Murray, Wyden, Stabenow, Sanders, Whitehouse, Merkley, Baldwin, Kaine, King, Sessions, Enzi, Warner, and Crapo.

Staff Present: Evan T. Schatz, Majority Staff

Director; and Marcus Peacock, Minority Staff Director.

Chairman MURRAY. This meeting will come to order.

Thank you all for coming out here.

We need to vote on the nomination of Brian Deese to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

I know everybody is busy, so I just want to move straight to a vote. Anyone who has a statement can submit it for the record. The record will remain open until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, June 7th, for members to submit opening statements.

I hope to do this by voice vote.

Senator SESSIONS. Just one comment or two, and I think that will be acceptable, a voice vote.

Chairman MURRAY. Do you want to move to the vote?

Senator SESSIONS. We can go to the vote.

Senator WYDEN. So moved.

Senator SESSIONS. Colleagues, I recommend that we accept this by a voice vote. I had a nice conversation with Mr. DEESE. His qualifications for this job, I think, are weak. He’s never been a big manager of anything. He graduated with a political science degree And he has been involved in some campaigns. So I am not happy with it, but he’s the President’s choice.

Mr. Deese loves public service. At this point, I suggest that—and I do not see any character flaws or other things that would cause me to be concerned about the nomination.

So I accept the voice vote.

Chairman MURRAY. Okay, and I believe Senator Wyden has moved the nomination.

Senator SESSIONS. Unless someone disagrees with me.

Senator WHITEHOUSE. Second.

Chairman MURRAY. There is a second.

All those in favor, say aye.

[Chorus of ayes.]

Chairman MURRAY. Opposed, nay.

[No response.]

Chairman MURRAY. The ayes have it.

Thank you all for coming.

[Whereupon, at 10:40 a.m., the Committee was adjourned.]

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