Claire McCaskill

Senate confirms Mulvaney as Trump's budget chief

Senate confirms Mulvaney as Trump's budget chief

The Senate Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the White House budget office, giving the Republicans' tea party wing a voice in Trump's Cabinet.

South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney squeaked through the Senate on a 51-49 vote. Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, who's emerging as perhaps the most vocal critic of the Trump administration, opposed Mulvaney for past House votes supporting cuts to Pentagon spending.

"Mulvaney has spent his last six years in the House of Representatives pitting the national debt against our military," McCain said.

Mulvaney's confirmation promises to accelerate work on Trump's upcoming budget plan, which...