Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

Senate Confirms Mick Mulvaney as Budget Director

Mick Mulvaney was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to head the Office of Management and Budget on a 51-49 vote.

Mulvaney, a Republican representing South Carolina's 5th district in the House since 2011, will be responsible for directing the budget process and reforming entitlement policy at the Office of Management and Budget.

Mick Mulvaney, a tea party lawmaker from SC, is set for a narrow confirmation to the budget office on Thursday despite opposition from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain.

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

Mulvaney's confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate does not yet appear to be in jeopardy.

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Senate gridlock over President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees had slowed Mulvaney's path to confirmation. He should easily clear a procedural tally, but Maine Republican Susan Collins says she'll oppose him on a subsequent confirmation vote.

"He's never been a friend of the Appropriations Committee", Cochran said earlier. " ... I am confident he will be a great partner in the White House as we work towards a balanced budget". He'd made the same statement and yet voted in favor of Mulvaney in committee.

Mulvaney is a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative congressmen who have pushed to shut down the federal government instead of increase the federal debt.

A Senate vote on Mulvaney, a leading member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who represents a region of SC, was expected on Thursday at 7 a.m. (1200 GMT).

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

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