Republican Mick Mulvaney, who represents South Carolina’s 5th Congressional district, was confirmed by the Senate as President Donald Trump’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget on Feb 16.
Yet, Trump could not have picked a more contradictory person for the job. Here are just a few of the many controversies surrounding Mulvaney.
He Thinks Government Spending Should Be Focused On Defense, Immigration and Border Control
In an interview with the Herald, Mulvaney made it clear that he believed the federal government’s first priority should be to its national defense and opposed the sequester — an agreement between John Boehner, Harry Reid and President Obama to raise the debt ceiling — which, among other factors, proposed to cut defense spending.
He also named a “limited number” of other things, including “border security and immigration.”
He Voted Against A Hurricane Sandy Relief Package
He was one of the 67 Republicans who voted against the $9.7 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package that Congress passed in January 2013. On Jan. 15, a bill that provided $51 billion in additional aid was up for a vote and Mulvaney refused to support it, offering a “poison pill” amendment that asserted cuts be made to the federal government budget to pay for the relief.
He Did Not Pay Taxes For Employees
Mulvaney told the Senate Budget Committee “I have come to learn during the confirmation review process that I failed to pay FICA and federal and state unemployment taxes on a household employee for the years 2000-2004.” The taxes were due for a nanny, according to Politico, who was hired to look after his triplets, and concerned the same issue that derailed former President Barack Obama’s nomination for health and human services secretary, Tom Daschle.
In 2013, a blogger discovered that Mulvaney owed thousands of dollars in taxes going back as far as five years.
He Used Public Funds To Support His Real Estate Projects
Mulvaney promised to build a 32-acre business park, town center, commercial buildings, for-sale homes, hotels, an EMS station and fire station for Lancaster County, South Carolina, when he was real estate developer, and got a $30 million bond approved by the council. But he didn’t deliver his promises and instead flipped the property and pocketed over $11 million. He then flipped the property to a “partner” Lawson’s Bend/ LM Sandler & Sons — a development company that defaulted on $78 million loans — for a multimillion dollar personal profit.
He Is A Climate Change Denier:
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va) pressed Mulvaney to explain whether human activity resulted in climate change to which he replied, “I challenge the premise of your fact.” He later added there was “some science” to indicate climate change was occurring but human beings did not contribute to it.
He Refutes The Affect Of Zika Virus On Pregnant Mothers
During a heated debate in Congress about how much money should be allocated to fight against the Zika virus, Mulvaney said, “Do we really need government funded research at all.” He also exaggerated the uncertainty between the link between the virus and the birth defect microcephaly to cast doubt on the need for Zika research funding.
He Opposed The Reauthorization Of Violence Against Women Act
The Violence Against Women Act was first passed in 1994 during President Bill Clinton’s era, then renewed in 2000 and 2005, and signed into laws by President George W. Bush.
The law included restraining orders stand against abusive partners across state lines, funding rape kit expenses, enforcing harsher penalties on repeated abusers and establishing the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which receives more than 22,000 calls every month. Since the law was enacted, the rate of domestic violence has decreased by two-thirds and number of women killed by a partner by one-third.
However, Mulvaney voted “no” against the act and Republicans introduced a watered-down version of the bill that excluded certain classes of women.
He Opposed Breast Cancer Research Funding:
Mulvaney voted against a piece of legislation that would have enabled the government to raise millions of dollars for breast cancer research without the U.S. Treasury contributing a single penny. When the bill was changed to make it more palatable to the conservative Republicans, more than 400 Congressional members voted for it. Mulvaney was not one of them.
And this man will be responsible for managing financial resources approved by Congress. Things don’t bode well for America.
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