President-elect Donald Trump was elected just four weeks ago, along with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, to reform government and reign in out-of-control federal spending. There can be no better OMB Director, to help lead the way, than Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC). He has established a strong record for support government reform and fiscal sanity as a member of Congress. Having served with Pence, who is likely to have a role in deciding who is appointed as the budget chief, Mulvaney will work with the new Vice President in rolling back either years of excessive expansion of federal power and spending.
Since it prepares the budget for all federal government agencies, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the critical intersection between all federal agencies. A conservative reform administration needs someone in this office who will work for balancing the budget and reforming the federal government. Mulvaney, who has proven to be a conservative champion in Congress and has stated he would love to be OMB Director, is the ideal candidate for the position. He has been quoted expressing interest in the appointment, and stated, “That is where I think REAL improvements could be made in how the government is run.”
Mulvaney has established a strong record in Congress for supporting fiscal restraint and government reform. He has repeatedly called for Congress to pass “clean” continuing resolutions (CR) free of unrelated legislation that is often slipped into the huge bills at the bequest of special interest groups. Mulvaney has lead the effort, in Congress, to repeal Obamacare because it has been so costly to tens of millions of Americans as well as detrimental to the U.S. economy. He has also consistently supported the Tenth Amendment as well as restoring the balance between the power of the states and the federal government.
Once again, Mulvaney has called on Congress to pass a clean continuing resolution, writing a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan addressing the issues. Mulvaney said the practice of including other legislation in the giant spending bills “run afoul of regular order” in Congress.
In that letter, signed by five other Republican members of Congress, Mulvaney wrote, “We write today to request that you bring a “clean CR” funding bill to the floor for a vote before December 9. The potential inclusion of language related to issues such as the Export-Import Bank quorum requirements, the Restoration of America’s Wire Act, and United Mine Workers pension guarantees” are issues for future consideration, “not language hidden inside must-pass legislation during a lame duck session of Congress.”
Mulvaney also wrote in the letter, “We look forward to working with the new administration to accomplish the conservative agenda we all promised our constituents, and believe that a clean CR is the best way for that work to begin in January.”
There will be many challenges for the new administration, including balancing the federal budget, repealing Obamacare, securing the border and building the wall, not to mention many others. There will be no stronger ally in the goals of government reform and fiscal sanity than Mick Mulvaney. He truly is the best candidate to become the new budget chief in the Trump Administration.