Portman in line to be OMB director

President Bush this morning announced he is nominating a former congressman to take the helm at the Office of Management and Budget.

Rob Portman, who has been the U.S. Trade Representative for almost a year, would succeed Joshua Bolten, who this week took over as the White House chief of staff.

Portman, a former six-term Republican representative from Ohio, left Congress in 2005 when Bush named him trade representative. While in the House, Portman held a seat on both the Budget and Ways and Means committees'experience that Bush cited in announcing his nomination to budget director.

Following Bush's announcement in a Rose Garden event, Portman spelled out some of his priorities in accepting the position.

'I will work closely with the Congress on a bipartisan basis to prioritize essential spending that meets our national priorities while reducing spending elsewhere,' he said. 'To accomplish our shared goal of deficit reduction, Congress and the administration must also work together on earmark reform, on greater transparency in budgeting, a workable line-item veto, and addressing the unsustainable growth in entitlement spending.'

Portman's appointment must be confirmed by the Senate.


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