Nussle's New Budget Boss Despite Dem Protests

Opposition a blow against Bush policies
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2007 3:04 AM CDT
Former Iowa Rep. James Nussle testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 26, 2007, before the Senate Budget Committee hearing on his nomination to be Office of Management and Budget Director....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Despite opposition from several Democrats, the Senate yesterday approved former Iowa Rep. Jim Nussle as the new White House budget director. The dissenters were largely protesting Bush’s economic policy, rather than Nussle himself, recalling the criticism they faced after approving Gen.Petraeus while opposing Iraq policy, The Hill reports.

“This is not a vote against Mr. Nussle personally,” said Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, chairman of the budget panel. “But I refuse to have my vote for Mr. Nussle portrayed as a sign of support for the president’s failed fiscal policy.” All Senate Republicans and 24 Democrats voted for Nussle.