WASHINGTON – The US Senate has confirmed Jack Lew, an Orthodox Jew, to the
cabinet level position of the director of the Office of Management and Budget.
The confirmation Thursday night means Lew will reprise the job he held late in
the Clinton administration, and elevates him from his current job as deputy
secretary of state. He replaces Peter Orszag, who left for the private
Lew has close ties to the capital’s Jewish groups and often
speaks at public events of the difficulties of reconciling 24/7 government jobs
with his 24/6 orthodoxy.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) had held Lew’s
confirmation up for months while she sought assurances from the administration
that it would reissue oil drilling licenses in the Gulf of Mexico after wells
were shut down in the wake of the summer’s catastrophic oil leakage.