Deese's nomination to OMB was approved by the Senate by unanimous consent in late June, clearing the way for the longtime Obama economic guru and Massachusetts native to join the budget team. A graduate of Middlebury College and Yale Law School, Deese joined the administration in 2009 after working on the presidential campaign and transition team. He had also worked for rival Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential run. Deese then served as the deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of the National Economic Council. His big claim to fame in the first term was the auto-industry bailout. Before working for the administration, Deese, 35, labored at various think tanks, including the Center for American Progress, the Center for Global Development, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "I believe the budget is fundamentally a vision for how government and those of us in public service can deliver better outcomes for our economy and middle-class families," Deese said during his Senate confirmation hearing. "It is, in essence, a reflection of our values and priorities as a country."
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