Mick Mulvaney has been confirmed as President Donald Trump’s budget director.
The Indian Land Republican was approved as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget by a vote of 51-49 on Thursday. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, was the only Republican to vote against Mulvaney’s nomination.
McCain, who’s emerging as perhaps the most vocal critic of the Trump administration, opposed Mulvaney for past House votes supporting cuts to Pentagon spending.
“Mulvaney has spent his last six years in the House of Representatives pitting the national debt against our military,” said McCain, the Armed Services Committee chairman.
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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 U.S. obligations.
Once Mulvaney resigns his Fifth District seat, voters will choose a new congressman in a special election, likely on June 20.
Six Republicans have already declared their intention to run to replace Mulvaney.
Elizabeth Koh with the McClatchy Washington Bureau and the Associated Press contributed.
FILLING A 5TH DISTRICT VACANCY
The 5th District covers all of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Union and York counties, as well as portions of Newberry, Spartanburg and Sumter counties.
Filing to run for the seat will begin March 3 and continue for 10 days. The primary would be on May 2, the runoff on May 16 and the general election on June 20.
SOURCE: S.C. State Election Commission