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Doubts shroud budget director Mulvaney’s remarks about voting against Trump spending plan

He walked it back Wednesday, saying he fully endorses and would, if he were a member of Congress, vote for the White House spending plan for unveiled last week, but here’s what Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was saying just a day earlier about the Trump budget framework for 2019:

‘[A]s a member of Congress, representing the 5th district of South Carolina, I probably would have found enough shortcomings in this to vote against it. … But I’m the director of Office of Management and Budget, and my job is to try and fund the president’s priorities, which is exactly what we did.’ Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget

It’s worth noting that Mulvaney‘s remark came in response to a question from Sen. Patty Murray, who said, having heard Mulvaney comment on a Sunday morning program that as a congressman he’d likely oppose the framework, she was offering him an opportunity to “step back from the hypocrisy.”

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The Office of Management and Budget later stated that Mulvaney was saying he might oppose the recent spending-cap compromise and not the 2019 budget framework. (Murray’s question had specified “this budget that you’re presenting.”)

Mulvaney, who also is interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, represented the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina in the House from 2011 until he joined the Trump administration in January 2017.

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