Mulvaney sworn in as White House budget chief

Mulvaney sworn in as White House budget chief
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Mick Mulvaney was sworn in Thursday night as President Trump's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Vice President Pence administered the oath of office to Mulvaney, calling the South Carolina GOP lawmaker "a happy warrior on behalf of fiscal responsibility."

"Mick, President Trump has asked you to lead the Office of Management and Budget, a vital role in a day and age of deficits and debt," Pence said.

"And we're both very confident that your leadership, your integrity, and your commitment to protecting America’s fiscal and economic future will serve all the people of the United States with great distinction."

Mulvaney was narrowly confirmed along party lines Thursday in a 51-49 vote. Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRand Paul’s Russia visit displays advancement of peace through diplomacy GOP leader criticizes Republican senators for not showing up to work CNN poll: Kavanaugh has lowest public support of Supreme Court nominee since Bork MORE (Ariz.) was the only Republican to oppose Mulvaney, a fiscal hawk who has previously opposed increases to the military budget.

"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," McCain said Wednesday on the Senate floor.

Two other Senate Republicans — Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Defense: Pompeo creates 'action group' for Iran policy | Trump escalates intel feud | Report pegs military parade cost at M Hillicon Valley: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sits down with The Hill | Drama over naming DHS cyber office | Fallout over revoking Brennan's security clearance | Google workers protest censored search engine for China Trump escalates feud with intelligence officials MORE (Maine) and Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranMississippi courthouse named for Thad Cochran Todd Young in talks about chairing Senate GOP campaign arm US farming cannot afford to continue to fall behind MORE (Miss.) — had previously expressed reservations about Mulvaney's nomination, but ultimately voted to confirm him.