Susan Schwab, currently a deputy trade representative, would succeed Portman, Bush said. He urged the US Senate to promptly confirm both nominations.
The OMB has the central responsibility of implementing the full range of my administrations agenda, from defence programs that will keep our people secure to energy initiatives that will break our dependence on oil to tax policies that keep our economy growing, Bush said at the White House.
Portmans job will include ensuring the government spends the taxpayers money wisely, meets the goal of cutting the budget in half by 2009 and manages federal programmes efficiently, Bush said. The American people deserve results for every hard-earned dollar they send to Washington.
Its a big job, Portman said.
As budget director, Portman will succeed Josh Bolten, who last week replaced Andy Card as Bushs chief of staff and was granted the authority to clean house.