Published On: Fri, Feb 17th, 2017

It’s Official: ‘Bitcoin Congressman’ Mulvaney is U.S. Budget Chief

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The United States Senate has successfully confirmed U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney (R – S.C.) to be President Trump’s Budget Director on Thursday after a close and contentious vote.
Mulvaney was confirmed to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget by a vote of 51 to 49, according to the New York Times, narrowly making the cut over a unified front of Democrats.
The Trump administration has already had some close calls, with their new cabinet appointments. Betsy DeVos had the Senate at a 50-50 split vote as the next Secretary of Education, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to make the deciding vote in her favor.
Mulvaney enters the job with a busy agenda because the administration must prepare a budget and address raising the debt limit in the coming weeks. The Trump administration has also promised to roll out a tax plan in short order.

Mulvaney’s views favoring drastic changes to Medicare and raising the eligibility age for Social Security put him at odds with Trump, who campaigned as the candidate who would protect those popular entitlement programs.
Mulvaney has been blamed by Democrats and some Republicans for orchestrating a government shutdown during the …

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