Senate Confirms Mick Mulvaney as Budget Director

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Mulvaney has represented South Carolina's 5th congressional district since 2011 and is expected to resign his position when he is sworn in, setting up a crowded Republican primary for his seat.

Romina Boccia, deputy director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal in an email that Mulvaney has a proven track record of conservative of leadership. During the hearing, Mulvaney also said that tax increases would be an option under the Trump administration despite Mr. Trump vowing during his election race to cut taxes.

"Under most circumstances, I always give the benefit of the doubt to the incoming president", McCain said.

Still, Mulvaney does not need McCain's vote for his confirmation to pass.

The Senate narrowly confirmed Rep.

"As director of the Office of Management and Budget, Rep. Mulvaney will be at the center of discussions on federal spending and regulations".

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On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan praised Mulvaney- his fellow South Carolina Republican, Freedom Caucus member and close friend - for his "encyclopedic" budget knowledge and "unquestionable" work ethic.

"My decision to oppose this nomination is not about one person", McCain said Wednesday afternoon on the Senate floor.

Mulvaney easily won a fourth term in November with 59 percent of the vote.

"In 2013, Congressman Mulvaney succeeded in passing an amendment to cut $3.5 billion from the defense appropriations bill". In the House, Mulvaney was among the conservative Republicans who supported shutting down the government as a tactic in spending fights.

"In my view, out of control mandatory spending must be addressed to solve our nation's fiscal problems".

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