Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Shaun Donovan to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget by a strong bipartisan vote of 75-22. Prior to the vote, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) spoke on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to support Donovan’s nomination.

“I look forward to working with Secretary Donovan to strengthen our fiscal outlook over the long term, and ensure we can make critical investments in jobs and opportunity to support families, workers, and the economy. I know Secretary Donovan will be a great partner in addressing these challenges” Murray said on the Senate floor.

Last month the Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on Donovan’s nomination, and passed his nomination through committee with bipartisan support. 

Full Text of Chairman Murray’s remarks:

“M. President, I’m here today to support Shaun Donovan’s nomination to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

“I have worked closely with Secretary Donovan over the last five years, and I know that he has the skills and experience to work with Congress on creating jobs and tackling our long-term budget challenges fairly and responsibly.

“In his role as Secretary of Housing and Urban development, Secretary Donovan has proven time and again that he is focused first and foremost on strengthening our middle class by expanding opportunity for families and communities.

“From his work on stabilizing the housing market following the financial crisis, to reinforcing the agency’s role in providing access to affordable housing and building strong, sustainable neighborhoods, to ensuring communities hit hard by natural disasters have the resources they need to get back on their feet.

“Secretary Donovan has been a highly effective and responsive leader and a great partner to us in Congress—Democrats and Republicans alike.

“And, M. President, Secretary Donovan’s nomination passed through the Budget Committee with bipartisan support.

“I am confident Secretary Donovan will bring these strengths and many more to the OMB.

“And his leadership will be critical, because while we have made progress on our budget challenges, there is still work to be done.

“I look forward to working with Secretary Donovan to strengthen our fiscal outlook over the long term, and ensure we can make critical investments in jobs and opportunity to support families, workers, and the economy.

“I know Secretary Donovan will be a great partner in addressing these challenges, and I urge my colleagues to support this nomination.”

 

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