After the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director suggested that Mick Mulvaney would not vote for President Donald Trump’s budget proposal if he remained in Congress, the OMB said that he would during the Senate Budget Committee’s hearing on Tuesday.
In addition, Mulvaney was on Capitol Hill in order to defend the proposal, in the document to vote against Trump’s budget proposal if he were still in Congress, he said that he “probably would have found enough shortcoming.”
But, according to the OMB, Mulvaney was referring to spending a reached of a cap deal last week, not Trump’s actual budget.
Well, it was the remarkable moment of Mulvaney’s hearing, which is basically a Capitol Hill ritual day after the presidential budget request’s launched. On Tuesday, during the Senate’s hearing, Mulvaney was asked by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) if he would have voted for “this budget that you’re presenting.”
Murray went on to say that Mulvaney said that he wouldn’t have voted for Trump’s deal that signed last week in order to increase spending caps by around $300 billion in more than two years.
Mulvaney replied: “I can give the same answer I gave on Sunday, which is that as a member of Congress representing the 5th District of South Carolina, I probably would have found enough shortcomings in this to vote against it, as did many members of this committee.” He continued, “But I’m the director of the Office of Management and Budget, and my job is to try and fund the president’s priorities, which is exactly what we did.”
A spokeswoman for the OMB said in a statement, “Just to be clear, Director Mulvaney was referring to the recent caps deal when answering Senator Murray’s question this morning. Naturally, he would vote for the President’s [fiscal 2019] budget that he released yesterday.”