Mulvaney Narrowly Confirmed by Senate as OMB Director
US News and World Report ^ | 02/16/2017 | By Gabrielle Levy
Posted on 02/16/2017 11:17:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney to lead the Office of Management and Budget under President Donald Trump, placing the South Carolina Republican in a key White House role that holds significant sway over the administration’s spending priorities.
Mulvaney is one of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus, the hard-line group of some 40 congressmen who have yanked the GOP conference in the chamber to the right and were instrumental in forcing out former House Speaker John Boehner in 2015.
The Senate approved Mulvaney’s nomination mostly along party lines, 51 to 49, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., casting the decisive vote in Mulvaney’s favor.
One Republican, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, broke with the GOP to vote against Mulvaney.
McCain, in announcing his decision to split with his colleagues on Wednesday night, said Mulvaney’s history of prioritizing the shrinking of the federal government and spending – including on the military – made it impossible to support him.
“It is with great reluctance that I come to the floor of the Senate to rise in opposition to the nomination of Congressman Mick Mulvaney,” McCain, a security hawk and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on the floor Wednesday night. “Unfortunately, Congressman Mulvaney has spent his last six years in the House of Representatives pitting the national debt against our military.”
McCain was similarly critical of Mulvaney during a confirmation hearing last month, calling his House colleague “detached from the reality of what these cuts have meant to military service members” and adding that he was concerned about Mulvaney’s “support for reckless budget strategies that led to a government shutdown.”
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The Senate confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney as head of the Office of Management and Budget on Thursday.
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