South Carolina Representative Mick Mulvaney, an opponent of government spending who rode the 2010 tea party wave to Congress, will be nominated as the director of the Office of Management and Budget under President-elect Donald Trump. The three-term Republican congressman, who represents South Carolina's 5th District, is active in the very conservative House Freedom Caucus. In the Trump transition team statement, Rep. Mulvaney underlined his desire to bring major change to an office that is the hub of a sprawling federal bureaucracy.
If confirmed by the Senate, Rep. Mulvaney would play a central role in complex major health care and tax changes, as Republicans in Congress plan to use a budgetary maneuver known as reconciliation to avoid procedural hurdles. He would also be in the middle of a new debt ceiling increase or suspension, the rolling back of budgetary limits on defense spending, the expected slashing of federal regulations, a push for massive infrastructure spending and much more.
Rep. Mulvaney may not have extensive budget experience, but he isn’t new to some of the issues he would oversee at OMB, namely government spending and regulations. He helped assemble the deficit reduction plan in 2011 known as “Cut, Cap and Balance,” that was supported by most conservative Republicans, but was never enacted. He has frequently cited the national debt as the greatest challenge facing the country and has criticized what he sees as overreach by the EPA and other federal rule-makers.
Read the AAAS letter to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney.
Why is this office important to the science community?
The Office of Management and Budget plays a central role in influencing the health of American science, technology, and innovation through investments in research and development (R&D) and policies that govern the conduct of research.
Further reading via the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program: Notes on President-Elect Trump's Pick for Budget Director.