Cabinet Nominees

Oppose Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Pick for the Office of Management and Budget

ICYMI: Reposting because the floor vote on Mulvaney is likely today (Feb 16). There is still time to act on this. If you haven’t called your senators yet to oppose Mulvaney, please do.

Call your senators and oppose Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

Mulvaney, a house rep from South Carolina, was elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010 and is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative Republicans who helped force John Boehner to resign as Speaker of the House.

Mulvaney voted in favor of shutting down the federal government in 2011 (Congress managed to avert it at the eleventh hour, almost literally). And in 2013, he nearly succeeded in killing a $50 million emergency relief bill for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

While no one questions the need for fiscal responsibility, letting someone who’s okay with government shutdowns run the Office of Management and Budget is a terrible idea.

In addition, Mulvaney failed to pay $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee. He has admitted his mistake and has moved to rectify it, but three other past cabinet nominees who had similar tax problems–Tom Daschle for Health and Human Services, under Clinton; and Kimba Wood and Zoe Baird, under Clinton–were forced to withdraw under pressure from Republicans.

Is your senator on the Budget Committee? If so, it is extra-important for you to call and speak out against Mulvaney’s candidacy. See the link below to check:

http://www.budget.senate.gov/about/committee-members

Sample script: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code,) and I am calling to ask you to vote against Mike Mulvaney as the head of the Office of Management and Budget. No one who has voted in favor of shutting down the government should be allowed to run its budget office. And if tax payment issues were enough to sink cabinet nominees chosen by Obama and Clinton, they should sink Trump’s choices, too. Double standards are not ok.”

More information about Mulvaney:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/01/24/budget-nominee-mulvaney-to-face-questions-about-trumps-plan-for-tax-cuts-and-spending/?utm_term=.1e4d7d02602b

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/trump-budget-pick-mulvaney-faces-senate-hearing/2017/01/24/00e805cc-e211-11e6-a419-eefe8eff0835_story.html?utm_term=.e1f84611a5b6

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-cabinet-nominees-meet-growing-ethical-questions/2017/01/18/a7d82af8-ddaf-11e6-acdf-14da832ae861_story.html?utm_term=.cc49a5c72e46

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whitehouse/budget-pick-mulvaney-acknowledges-payroll-tax-lapse/2017/01/18/0c4ff024-ddb0-11e6-8902-610fe486791c_story.html?utm_term=.035b1caeca2e