Mul­vaney to be Trump’s bud­get chief

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY STEPHEN DINAN

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump said Satur­day that he will tap Rep. Mick Mul­vaney to be his bud­get di­rec­tor, putting an ar­dent con­ser­va­tive in the job that has the most con­trol over the size of the fed­eral govern­ment.

Mr. Mul­vaney, South Carolina Repub­li­can, was elected to Congress as part of the 2010 tea party wave and carved out a role as one of House con­ser­va­tives’ fiercest fight­ers for cut­ting spend­ing.

He voted against the 2011 debt deal and against most of the om­nibus spend­ing bills that have come to the floor dur­ing his six years in of­fice.

“We are go­ing to do great things for the Amer­i­can peo­ple with Mick Mul­vaney lead­ing the Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get,” Mr. Trump said in a state­ment.

The OMB is the nerve cen­ter for the fed­eral govern­ment, serv­ing as the White House’s chief over­sight over the de­part­ments and agen­cies that dole out money and write reg­u­la­tions.

While not as high-pro­file as other ad­min­is­tra­tion jobs, the OMB di­rec­tor has ex­ten­sive in­flu­ence over nearly every mi­dlevel and ma­jor de­ci­sion.

Mr. Mul­vaney takes cut­ting se­ri­ously, reg­u­larly com­ing in un­der the bud­get for his House of­fice and re­turn­ing un­used money to the Trea­sury De­part­ment.

He’s also spon­sored a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to im­pose term lim­its, and has tried to end the abuse of war­fund­ing bills to break bud­get caps.

“Mick Mul­vaney is the ab­so­lute right choice,” said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wis­con­sin Repub­li­can. “In Congress, he has been a con­ser­va­tive re­former from Day One, propos­ing so­lu­tions to fix the bud­get process and our reg­u­la­tory sys­tem.”


Rep. Mick Mul­vaney has been tapped to lead Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get.

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