White House Budget Director Resigns

Jun 19, 2007 8:45am

ABC News’ Jessica Yellin, Jon Garcia and Luis Martinez Report: White House budget director Rob Portman has resigned and will be replaced by former Iowa congressman Jim Nussle, Bush administration officials confirmed.

President Bush is expected to make the announcement at 2:40pmET Tuesday.

The decision was a personal one, according to Office of Management and Budget Press Secretary Sean Kevelighan. He said Portman has three teenage children and his commute from Ohio to Washington D.C. has been difficult.

Kevelighan said Portman chose to leave now because the 2009 budget season will get started in September and he wants to make sure there is a budget director in office that can lead the office through the remainder of the administration.

Portman was hired as budget director 13 months ago, after being the US Trade Representative. His last day will be around the time of the August congressional recess.

Kevelighan said Nussle was selected because of his experience as a former congressman and a former chair of the budget committee.

"He understands well the budget process, he understands well the  relationships on the Hill. Should he be confirmed he will be a very capable and successful director," said Kevelighan.

Nussle first gained national notoriety in 1992 when, as a House freshman, he made a speech from the well of the House on the banking scandal and put a paper bag over his head to protest the "shameful" ethical behavior in the House.   

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