Sen. Mary Landrieu is refusing to drop her hold on President Barack Obama's nomination of Jack Lew to head the Office of Management and Budget as she tries to negotiate a compromise to expedite the resumption of deepwater and shallow-water drilling along Louisiana's coast. During a telephone conversation with reporters Wednesday, Landrieu said she is "very sympathetic" to the administration's concern for quickly confirming a budget director with a new federal spending plan due in February. "My position hasn't changed," Landrieu said. "Talks are ongoing and I still remain hopeful we can find a way forward. I know the country needs a budget director, but we need an oil industry on the Gulf Coast." The Obama administration repeated its plea for Landrieu to drop the hold.