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Lew knows budget details, has compassion

"Erskine Bowles remembers what Jack Lew taught him during the Clinton administration, when Bowles was Bill Clinton's chief of staff and Lew was budget director.

As they worked through details of budget talks with Congress, two things stood out about Lew, Bowles said. He knew all the details of the obscure tax laws and spending programs — and understood how changing them would affect poor people.