Liberals rally to forestall nomination of fiscal centrist Bruce Reed as Biden budget director

Liberal groups are rallying to forestall the possibility that President-elect Joe Biden selects Bruce Reed to head his administration’s Office of Management and Budget, as they fear his relative fiscal conservatism would mean prioritizing deficit reduction over caring for people hurt by the pandemic.

“We think it would be a very serious catastrophe if Bruce Reed is appointed to lead the OMB,” said Max Moran, research assistant at the Revolving Door Project, a group that scrutinizes executive branch appointees and is part of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

The OMB is tasked with assisting the president in meeting policy, budget, management, and regulatory objectives. It will write
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