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06/21/07-- Senate Finance ranking member Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, and former Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, during a photo op. Former House Budget Chairman Nussle is the President's nominee for the director of the Office of Management and Budget. White House Budget Director Rob Portman, who has announced plans to resign, played an informal role as a bridge between President Bush and Hill Republicans as a member of the House (1993-2005). The GOP leadership relied on Portman's personal ties to Bush and administration insiders. Republican leaders still looked to him to carry their messages even after he became U.S. trade representative and, later, budget director. With Portman leaving the Washington scene to return to his home in Ohio, House Minority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri and chief deputy whip Eric Cantor of Virginia have been mentioned as possible candidates to fill the liaison gap in addition to Nussle. Congressional Quarterly by Photo Scott J. Ferrell

06/21/07-- Senate Finance ranking member Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, and former Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, during a photo op. Former House Budget Chairman Nussle is the President's nominee for the director of the Office of Management and Budget. White House Budget Director Rob Portman, who has announced plans to resign, played an informal role as a bridge between President Bush and Hill Republicans as a member of the House (1993-2005). The GOP leadership relied on Portman's personal ties to...
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