President Obama is looking to promote one of his longest serving economic aides, nominating Brian Deese to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.
“As we continue to pursue a balanced approach that significantly reduces the deficit while investing in economic growth, job creation and the middle class, there’s no one better suited to take on this important role than Brian,” Obama said in a statement.
Deese, currently deputy director of the National Economic Council, was a key a player in the auto bailout during the early years of the Obama administration. He was also an economic adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, after a stint with rival Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign.
“From helping to navigate our rescue of a financial system on the brink of collapse to retooling a flat-lining auto industry to crafting a policy to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable path, Brian Deese has proven an indispensable member of my economic team,” Obama said.
The Senate must confirm Deese’s nomination as deputy budget director.
Last month, Obama nominated Wal-Mart executive Sylvia Mathews Burwell as budget director; the Senate must also confirm her nomination.
David Jackson writes for USA Today.