Mick Mulvaney, the U.S. House member representing about half of Sumter County nominated to become the White House budget director for the Trump administration, could move one step closer to confirmation Wednesday.
Senator Mike Enzi. R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee considering Mulvaney’s nomination, announced Monday the committee would hold an executive session on Feb. 1 to consider the local congressman’s fate. The time and location of Wednesday’s closed-doors executive session of the 23-member board have not been announced.
As director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, Mulvaney would hold a cabinet-level position in the Trump administration where he would not only be responsible for developing the President’s budget, but would also be in charge of evaluating the financial effectiveness of policies and procedures throughout various government agencies.
While not the official confirmation by the entire Senate, the resulting vote from the Senate Budget Committee will likely make clear whether his nomination should be expected or could be in jeopardy.
Mulvaney testified before this same committee set to consider his nomination during a hearing on Jan. 24. During that confirmation hearing, Mulvaney presented his explanation for the recent revelations that he failed to pay taxes on a household employee from 2000 to 2004. Coverage of that hearing can be found here.
Should Mulvaney be confirmed to the new post, his subsequent resignation from the US. House of Representatives will trigger a local special election. The potential time frame, and some of the names being considered as candidates for his current office, can be found in this post.