Trump taps conservative South Carolina Rep. Mulvaney as budget chief

- Presidential-elected Donald Trump on Saturday named conservative Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the incoming Trump administration.

Trump had been expected for days to name Mulvaney, the South Carolina congressman who is also a founding member of the fiscally conservative House Freedom Caucus.

“Congressman Mulvaney brings a wealth of experience on economic, budgetary, and fiscal issues to his new role,” Trump said. “Rep. Mulvaney has long been a strong voice in Congress for reining in out-of-control spending, fighting government waste and enacting tax policies that will allow working Americans to thrive.”

The roughly 2-year-old caucus has also been a sharp critic of Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled House, which led the effort last year to force out House Speaker John Boehner.

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