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Sen. Mark Warner Announces Opposition to Trump’s Nominee for OMB Director


From Sen. Mark Warner’s office. Glad to see this; hope to also see it on Trump’s stolen Supreme Court pick.


WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees, announced today that he will oppose confirming Rep. Mick Mulvaney as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He released the following statement:

“While I respect Congressman Mulvaney’s service in the House of Representatives and appreciate his responses before the Budget Committee, I simply cannot vote to confirm him as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

“I appreciate Congressman Mulvaney’s recognition of the problem posed by our national debt, but I could not disagree more with his approach to addressing the issue. It is deeply irresponsible to use the threat of a government shutdown or debt default as a political bargaining chip, and the across-the-board sequestration cuts that Congressman Mulvaney has supported have hurt our military and allowed lawmakers to avoid making tough budget decisions. Moreover, Congressman Mulvaney’s continued focus on reducing the size of the federal workforce through attrition makes it clear that he is not committed to thinking strategically about the challenges our federal workers will face in the coming years.

“OMB wields enormous influence over the operations and policymaking agendas of virtually all federal agencies. If he is confirmed, I expect that Congressman Mulvaney will remain committed to fully implementing the fiscal transparency and accountability requirements in the DATA Act.”

Sen. Warner previously announced he will vote against Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, Health & Human Services Secretary nominee Tom Price, and Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin.


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

    “The EPA needs an Administrator who will follow the best science to keep Americans safe. Scott Pruitt is unwilling to accept the scientific consensus that human-generated CO2 emissions are a significant cause of climate change. This is a fundamental issue for Virginia, a state affected by sea level rise and other climate effects. If Scott Pruitt rejects science on this matter, I suspect he will ignore other science as well. Thus I oppose him. We cannot afford to have an anti-science EPA Administrator.”

    In addition to Pruitt, Kaine has announced his opposition to the nominations of Jeff Sessions, Tom Price, Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson and Mick Mulvaney and has voted against Rex Tillerson. He has voted in support of James Mattis, John Kelly, Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley and Elaine Chao. Additional decisions are forthcoming based on ongoing review of the nominees’ backgrounds and confirmation hearings.