The Senate confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be the new White House budget director Thursday in yet another tight vote, elevating a committed budget hawk to the center of President Trump's policy-making apparatus.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney squeaked through the Senate on a 51-49 vote. "I think anyone who treats our national defense with the seriousness it deserves would remember a vote like that", McCain said on the Senate floor Wednesday.
McCain is not the only Republican senator who is concerned with Mulvaney's tough view of the budget. Earlier in the day an aide said Cochran had not yet decided whether to vote for Mulvaney.
House Budget Committee chairman, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., said Mulvaney is a "tireless advocate" for a responsible budget.
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. McCain serves as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "I fully support the President's commitment". "He authorized and supported amendments to cut national defense funding year after year after year".
The close vote came down largely along party lines, although Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., broke with Republicans to vote against Mulvaney. "And this record can not be ignored in light of the significant authority exercised by the director of OMB over the federal budget". He was one of multiple Cabinet nominations that the minority party had targeted for special scrutiny in the confirmation process for President Donald Trump's executive nominees. "This is about principle".