U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today regarding President Obama's nomination of Sylvia Burwell to head the Office of Management and Budget:
"We will fairly and thoughtfully evaluate this nomination. Whoever holds this office must be a strong leader, must be independent-minded, and must know that this is a management office and not a political one. The Director must lead an effort to make government leaner and more efficient, and must be committed to providing honest and accurate information on the dangerous financial condition of our country.
Sadly, under past leadership in this administration, the budget office has failed to be honest time and again.
It is also deeply concerning that the White House has again failed to submit its budget on time. Amazingly, it appears the Administration will not provide a plan until after the House and Senate have produced theirs--not before, as the law requires. In so doing, the White House is protecting the Washington bureaucracy at the expense of workers and taxpayers.
This nation is in desperate need of strong and proven financial leadership and the OMB director is the primary person underneath the President charged with that task."