Pence casts 9th tie-breaking Senate vote, confirms Trump's OMB deputy

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Pence said that in a meeting with governors at the White House Monday, they and Trump will “make the safety of our nation’s schools and our students our top national priority.” (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - Vice President Mike Pence swooped into the Senate on Wednesday to cast the tie-breaking vote to save the confirmation of Russel Vought to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

It's the ninth time Pence has had to make the trek down Pennsylvania Avenue to cast his vote in the Senate.

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) were not present for the vote. The final tally was 50-49.

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Vought came under fire for controversial comments he made about Islam in 2016.

In a theological blog post for his alma mater, Wheaton College, Vought argued that Muslims "do not know God," according to The Hill.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) grilled Vought on his religious writings in a June hearing, asking if he believed all non-Christians were condemned.

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