Trump budget pick Mulvaney faces Senate hearing

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's staunchly conservative choice to lead the White House budget office, says the government's "debt is a problem that must be addressed sooner, rather than later."

But in remarks prepared for a Tuesday appearance before the Senate Budget Committee, the South Carolina Republican says it's too early to say what steps the new administration will take to reduce intractable government deficits.

Mulvaney will appear as the Congressional Budget Office reveals new estimates about the deficits the administration will inherit. The government ran a $587 billion deficit last year and that level of red ink is predicted to rise...