WASHINGTON—Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., issued the following statement Tuesday in response to the resignation of Peter Orszag as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB):


            “Peter Orszag has served his country at a time of unprecedented budgetary and economic peril, facing challenges beyond the norm for OMB and those who lead it.  He has been instrumental in putting together a major recovery package, without which we might be facing a much worse situation today.

            “Dr. Orszag has served this government ably for a number of years and at OMB has helped a new president manage the budgets of over 100 agencies, cabinet departments, boards and commissions, as well as playing a vital role in the passage of historic health care reform. 

            “Moving ahead, the next OMB Director will face tremendous challenges in righting our long-term fiscal imbalance and starting to close our enormous gaps in the debt and deficit.  I look forward to working with whoever that Director is to tackle these historic problems facing our country. In the meantime, I wish Dr. Orszag all the best in his future endeavors and his return to private life.”