Mulvaney testifies on Capitol Hill in January. Carolyn Kaster/AP
The Senate on Thursday approved President Trump’s candidate to lead the Office of Management and Budget, as the administration is reportedly drafting an executive order that will require agencies to identify programs and administrative functions that are duplicative and could be consolidated. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., got through in a largely party-line of 51-49.
Mulvaney, who acknowledged that he had improperly failed to pay taxes on hiring of a long-time child care provider for his triplets, was lauded by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., as a champion of coming efforts to reduce the $20 trillion debt at a time of “anemic” economic growth and reduce duplication and better inventory programs.