Mick Mulvaney

Trump budget pick: Cut benefit programs; tax hikes on table

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid need significant changes to be preserved for future generations, President Donald Trump's pick to head the White House budget office told Congress on Tuesday, putting him at odds with the new chief executive.

South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney also said tax increases would be on the table to help shore up the federal government's largest benefit programs.

Mulvaney's comments at his Senate confirmation hearing stand in sharp contrast to Trump's campaign pledges not to cut the programs. Trump has also pledged to cut taxes, not raise them.

The comments came on the same day that congressional analysts said Trump has inherited a stable...