Arizona Sen. John McCain is set to oppose President Donald Trump’s appointee to head the Office of Budget Management, according to a Wednesday report from The Hill.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney was appointed to head up the OMB last month, and McCain announced he will be one of the Republican senators who plan to vote against the pick.
“My decision to oppose this nomination is not about one person. It is not about one Cabinet position,” McCain asserted. “This is not political. This is about principle.”
“[He] has spent his last six years pitting the national debt against our military,” McCain said of Mulvaney.
McCain reportedly feared that Mulvaney’s installation would not be in the best interests of the military, which could ultimately hurt the country as a whole.
“Voting in favor of Congressman Mulvaney’s nomination would be asking Secretary Mattis to spend less time fighting our enemies overseas and more time fighting inside-the-beltway budget battles with an OMB director,” he said.
Mulvaney never voted for a budget or debt limit increase, according to Sen. Susan Collins, and pro-military congressmen worry that an anti-spending attitude will threaten the status of the military, despite Trump’s repeated claims that he will increase the size and scope of the military.
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