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Cornyn Releases Hold on Trumpís Pick for Deputy Director of OMB

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Cornyn Releases Hold on Trumpís Pick for Deputy Director of OMB

On 02.09.18 01:57 PM posted by Rachel del Guidice

A senator from Texas is no longer holding up the nomination of President Donald Trumpís pick to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

“Heís lifted his hold on the nomination of Russ Vought,” an aide to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, confirmed to The Daily Signal in an email Friday.

Cornyn said his opposition to Vought was not personal, but rather leverage to secure federal funds for Texas, which was devastated by Hurricane Harvey last summer, as The Daily Signal previously reported.
Solely to ensure the next #Harvey aid request from OMB will satisfy Texas's needs IDed by @GovAbbott @tedcruz & me https://t.co/HIn4qWU3Z0

— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) October 20, 2017

After Congress passed $90 million in disaster-relief funding Friday morning as part of a budget deal pushed by Republican and Democratic leaders that will raise caps on spending by $300 billion over two years, Cornyn released his hold.

Conservative groups, such as the Conservative Action Project, have criticized Cornynís opposition of Vought, a former staffer for Vice President Mike Pence when Pence was still a congressman from Indiana. Vought also previously worked for Heritage Action for America, the lobbying affiliate of The Heritage Foundation.

ďThis behavior by Sen. Cornyn is unbecoming a senator who wants to be the next Republican leader in the Senate and who professes to be a principled conservative,Ē an October memo from the Conservative Action Project said.

During his confirmation hearings in June, Vought was publicly attacked by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., over his Christian beliefs. Sanders attacked Vought after asking the nominee about an article Vought wrote on Muslim theology.

More than 50,000 individuals so far have signed an online petition asking Sanders to apologize.

Disclosure: Russ Voughtís wife, Mary Vought, works for The Heritage Foundation, the parent organization of The Daily Signal. Russ Vought formerly was employed by Heritage Action for America, the think tankís lobbying affiliate.

The post Cornyn Releases Hold on Trumpís Pick for Deputy Director of OMB appeared first on The Daily Signal.

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