The head of the Office of Management and Budget today announced his resignation.
According to the AP, he is the last of Bush’s original economic team.
Yahoo! News – Bush Budget Director Daniels Resigns
WASHINGTON – Budget director Mitch Daniels moved toward an expected run for Indiana governor, announcing Tuesday that he will leave President Bush (news – web sites)’s administration within the next 30 days.
Daniels has been a favorite of conservatives for his frequent clashes with Congress over spending. Assigned the role of keeping the price tag of spending legislation in check, he has had testy relationships with lawmakers of both parties from the House and Senate committees that oversee expenditures.
Daniels has held the budget post since the beginning of the Bush administration, and his departure will mean that the president’s entire initial economic team is gone. Fleischer said no decision had been made on a successor.
CQ TODAY MIDDAY UPDATE
Published by Congressional Quarterly and CQ Today
Tuesday, May 6, 2003 – 2:09 p.m.
DANIELS RESIGNING AS WHITE HOUSE BUDGET DIRECTOR
The White House announced today that budget Director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., a combative administration voice on congressional spending habits, is stepping down. Daniels has been contemplating running for governor of his native Indiana, and his resignation would pave the way for such a bid. The leading candidate to replace Daniels, said a congressional budget official, is Clay Johnson. President Bush nominated Johnson as deputy budget director earlier this year, though he has not yet been confirmed. Throughout his tenure as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Daniels was a consistent if not always successful advocate for restraint on spending. He invariably took a hard line during the congressional appropriations process, which often raised hackles with powerful members such as Senate Appropriations Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, who once snapped that the best way for Daniels to improve his relationships with lawmakers would be to “go back to Indiana.”