The Senate on Monday confirmed Russell Vought to serve as President TrumpDonald John TrumpKanye West says Harriet Tubman ‘never actually freed the slaves’ at rally Trump-Afghan deal passes key deadline, but peace elusive GOP governors in hardest hit states split over COVID-19 response MORE’s director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Senators voted 51-45 to confirm Vought, who has filled the position since early 2019 in an acting capacity after then-OMB Director Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyGOP senators sound alarm as coronavirus surges in home states Long waits for test results spark new COVID-19 fears Trump’s former chief of staff hits coronavirus efforts: ‘We still have a testing problem’ MORE became White House chief of staff.
Trump formally nominated Vought to the post in March. But his nomination hung in limbo for months, leading a group of House GOP lawmakers to send a letter urging his confirmation.
Vought took part in the negotiations last year that resulted in a two-year budget deal. He faced pushback at the time from Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats call for McConnell to bring Voting Rights Act to floor in honor of Lewis Trump mocks push to rename Fort Bragg: ‘We’re going to name it after the Rev. Al Sharpton?’ GOP looks at reducing unemployment enhancement to 0-0 per week: report MORE (Ky.), for proposing splitting the debt ceiling from the budget caps.
He was confirmed by the Senate to serve as Trump’s deputy OMB director in a narrow 50-49 vote in February 2018. Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote for his nomination, which had been complicated by controversial comments he made about Muslims in 2016.
Before joining the Trump administration, Vought served in policy roles on the House Republican Conference and Republican Study Committee. He began his career on Capitol Hill working for then-Texas Republican Sen. Phil Gramm.
Morgan Chalfant contributed.