The U.S. Office of Management and Budget coordinates the president’s legislative proposals and polices, proposes and implements the federal budget, oversees executive branch departments and agencies as well as federal procurement, manages the regulatory process and implements executive orders.
Because of its enormous power and reach, OMB should be led by someone who has shown interest in governing, creating robust budgets and funding critical programs. Donald Trump’s pick, South Carolina’s own Mick Mulvaney, a charter member of the radical House Freedom Caucus, is unqualified and unacceptable.
Mulvaney has denied the potentially cataclysmic economic impacts of failing to raise the debt ceiling, played a key role in the 2013 government shutdown and debt ceiling hostage crisis and blocked a $51 billion relief package for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. He even voted against disaster relief funding in 2015 that would have helped to recover South Carolina farms that had been destroyed by floods.
As head of OMB, Mulvaney would be empowered to impose severe cuts to vital services and programs that keep us safe. He also would be in a position to demolish the federal workforce, block and repeal regulatory protections and interfere with the work of watchdog agencies just trying to do their jobs. My hope is that those responsible for confirming Mulvaney will see how he has failed South Carolinians and prevent him from failing the rest of the country.