02.16.17

Leahy Opposes Nomination Of Mick Mulvaney To Be OMB Director

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday voted against the nomination of Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to serve as the federal government’s top budget manager as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

In a statement Leahy said:  “Mr. Mulvaney has a troubling history when it comes to standing up in support of the programs that many of us care deeply about.  He prioritizes budget cuts over the social safety net that stands between most Americans and insecurity in older age, or the ravages of poverty.  It is for this reason that I cannot support his nomination.”

As a member of the House of Representatives, Mulvaney led efforts to increase the Social Security and Medicare retirement ages, which would affect the lives of thousands of Vermonters and millions of Americans who rely on these programs.  Mulvaney has advocated shutting down the government to end the Affordable Care Act and to defund Planned Parenthood and consistently voted against raising the debt limit, calling the potential for default a “fabricated crisis.”

Facing bipartisan opposition on the Senate Floor, Mr. Mulvaney nonetheless was confirmed Thursday by a vote of 51-49.

Leahy’s full statement is available HERE: https://www.leahy.senate.gov/download/mulvaney-floor-statement

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