Senate narrowly confirms Mick Mulvaney to serve as Trump's budget chief

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.

Mulvaney is a fiscal conservative and is open to defense spending reform.

Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said that Mulvaney will serve President Donald Trump's administration well.

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

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Delays in processing Mulvaney's nomination appear to be contributing to a lag in producing Trump's much-awaited budget plan for the fiscal year that begins October 1.

McCain's opposition to Mulvaney, R-S.C., largely stems from Mulvaney's past support of cuts to defense spending, particularly his 2011 vote to withdraw all USA troops from Afghanistan and 2013 amendment to trim $3.5 billion from a defense appropriations bill, as well as Mulvaney's contribution to what McCain characterized as Capitol Hill's "dysfunction".

NPR reports that Mulvaney played "a prominent role" in the 2013 budget crises that led to a two-week shutdown of the federal government.

Mulvaney takes over an Office of Management and Budget that Trump White House has not yet fully staffed, failing to submit nominations for several key positions, according to Politico. Susan Collins (R-Maine), were on the fence about Mulvaney's nomination.

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"He's never been a friend of the Appropriations Committee", Cochran said earlier.

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

Democrats opposed Mulvaney over his support for curbing the growth of Medicare and Social Security and other issues, such as his brinksmanship as a freshman lawmaker during the 2011 debt crisis in which the government came uncomfortably close to defaulting on US obligations.

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