President-elect Trump picks budget director

Dec. 21, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump recently nominated Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to serve as director of the influential Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In addition to helping prepare and administer the federal budget, OMB measures the performance of federal agencies, supervises and coordinates procurement, financial management, and information policies, and plays a role in the approval of major regulations that could significantly impact the economy. If confirmed, Mulvaney would be involved with expected efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other reforms implemented by the Obama Administration. He also would be tasked with helping the President-elect keep his promise to maintain a moratorium on new federal regulations.
Before entering politics, Mulvaney was a private-practice lawyer and a businessman. He was elected to the South Carolina House in 2006, and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010.

President-elect Trump’s nominations will require a simple majority vote in the Senate. Hearings on his nominations will likely take place in early January.