The Director had asked for a small budget at the instructions of President George W. Bush and his budget advisors. The mores of Washington is that a director of a public program must not ask for more money than the President wants that agency to have—even if the person is under oath and testifying. They say that they could not use the money wisely or some such euphemism.
Joseph Kastl Knollenberg was an American politician from Michigan. From 1993 to 2009, he was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Michigan's 9th congressional district and Michigan's 11th congressional district.