Thad Cochran

Trump's budget pick clears initial Senate hurdle

President Donald Trump's choice to run the White House budget office cleared a Senate hurdle Wednesday, though a senior Republican says he won't support him.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney is a tea party lawmaker from South Carolina who has attracted opposition from Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain says Mulvaney's record of support for military operations in Afghanistan and the Pentagon budget generally is too soft.

"Congressman Mulvaney's beliefs, as revealed by his poor record on defense spending, are fundamentally at odds with President Trump's commitment to rebuild our military," McCain said in a speech on the Senate floor. "And this...

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