Donald Trump Picks Rep. Mick Mulvaney for Office of Management and Budget

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President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday picked Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Mulvaney, a Republican who was just elected to his fourth term in South Carolina’s conservative Upstate region, is a deficit hawk with a record of pushing for spending cuts across the federal government.

“Right now we are nearly $20 trillion in debt, but Mick is a very high-energy leader with deep convictions for how to responsibly manage our nation’s finances and save our country from drowning in red ink,” Trump said in a statement Saturday about the nomination.

Mulvaney, 49, must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

He is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, a rebellious wing of the House GOP that has opposed raising the nation’s debt ceiling without deep spending cuts.

“The Trump administration will restore budgetary and fiscal sanity back in Washington after eight years of an out-of-control, tax and spend financial agenda, and will work with Congress to create policies that will be friendly to American workers and businesses,” Mulvaney said in a statement.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Mary Troyan