Bush taps Portman to head OMB, Susan Schwab as trade chief

April 18 | Updated: Apr 19 2006, 06:29am hrs
President George W Bush said hell nominate Rob Portman, a former member of Congress and current US trade representative, as the new director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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.