Mick Mulvaney

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

  • 2000-2005 Fails to pay over $15,000 in state and federal unemployment taxes on a household employee. (source)
  • 2010 Advocates an amendment to the Constitution that requires a balanced budget. (see 12/16/16) (source)(paper)(video)
  • 1/4/13 Votes along with 66 Republicans to deny Hurricane Sandy relief funds. (source)
  • 9/21/15 Endorses Rand Paul for President. (source)
  • 10/29/16 Calls for more defense spending by the United States. (source)
  • 12/16/16 Called on to carry out Trump’s tax reform proposals (source):
    • Streamline tax filing for individual households
    • Reduce corporate tax from 35% to 15%
    • Tax proposals would add $2.6 trillion in debt over a decade
    • Also spend up to $1 trillion on infrastructure
  • 3/12/17 Claims the Obama administration "manipulated" jobs data to make the unemployment rate "look smaller than it actually was." (CNN)
  • 3/12/17 Falsely claims that the Obamacare legislation was forged without any committee hearings, when there were about 20 hearings, most airing on C-SPAN. (WaPo)
  • 3/16/17 Releases a budget for consideration by Congress which proposes:
    • major reductions to HUD (-13%),
    • Transportation (-13%),
    • Health and Human Services (-18%),
    • the Department of Education (-14%),
    • the EPA (-31%),
    • Department of State (-28%),
    • Commerce (-16%),
    • Labor (-21%),
    • Interior (-11%) and
    • Agriculture (-21%)

The budget would eliminate dozens of social programs such as the Center for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, the Interagency Council on Homelessness and others. (CNN) The budget would increase defense spending by $54 billion (+8%). (CNN) Says: "One of the questions we asked was can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs? The answer was no. We can ask them to pay for defense, and we will, but we can’t ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.” (MSNBC video)

  • 5/22/17 In an op-ed, compares adults and children who receive benefits from the government without paying much in taxes to thieves: "Taking money from someone without an intention to pay it back is not debt. It is theft. This budget makes it clear that we will reverse this larceny." (MiamiHerald)
  • 5/23/17 Releases a $4.1 trillion budget for 2018, titled "A New Foundation for American Greatness." The budget includes the following: (NYT)
    • a 10% ($2.6 billion) increase for border security, including $1.6 billion for a border wall
    • slashing $00 billion from Medicaid over 10 years
    • slashing $192 from nutritional assistance
    • slashing $272 billion from othe welfare programs
    • $72 billion cut from disability benefits
    • a 10.6% ($57 billion) cut to domestic programs other than military
    • $19 billion over ten years for his daughter Ivanka's paid leave for heterosexual parents program

Says of the budget: "This is, I think, the first time in a long time that an administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the taxes. We’re not going to measure our success by how much money we spend, but by how many people we actually help."

  • 5/23/17 Analysis of the proposed budget for 2018 reveals a double-counting accounting trick amounting to $2 trillion. (NYMag)(Vanity Fair)

 

Also as Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

  • 11/27/17 After being appointed as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which he has previously called "a joke" that he wished did not exist, brings donuts to his first day at the CFPB office and orders the entire department to not take any orders from Leandra English, who was named acting director by the outgoing director. (WaPo)
  • 12/5/17 Less than 48 hours after Mulvaney is appointed to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an $8 million judgment against a mortgage company that defrauded over 100,000 customers is rescinded. (NYT)
  • 1/21/18 After a government shutdown causes by Trump's changing positions on bipartisan immigration reform at the last minute, Mulvaney says on Sean Hannity's radio show: "In fact, I found out for the first time last night that the person who technically shuts the government down is me, which is kind of cool." (CNN)
  • 1/24/18 The CFPB shuts down a four-year investigation of World Acceptance Corporation, a payday lender that has donated to Mulvaney in the past. (MotherJones)(InternationalBusinessTimes)
  • 2/5/18 Puts a full stop to a wide-reaching probe of how Equifax, Inc. failed to protect the personal data of millions of consumers. In September 2017 Equifax announced that hackers compromised its personal data belonging to 143 million Americans. (Reuters)
  • 2/11/18 Authors a budget on behalf of the White House that does not attempt to eliminate deficit, breaking with the guiding principle of fiscal conservatism adopted by the Republican party for several decades. (WaPo)
    • 2/12/18 The budget outlines $4.4 trillion in spending, which would add $7 trillion to the deficit over ten years. (NYT)
    • 2/12/18 The budget seeks to abolish 21 agencies, all of which address the poor, the arts, public health and international diplomacy. (Hill) It seeks to slash the EPA budget by 25%. (Hill)
    • 2/12/18 The budget proposes removing the ability of SNAP recipients to choose which foods they can buy, and instead mailing them "shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables." The boxes would not include fresh fruits or vegetables. (NPR)
  • 2/13/18 Other proposal's in Mulvaney's budget include: (RollingStone)
    • Cutting $1.5 trillion in "non-defense discretionary spending," a 40% cut to everything but the Pentagon's budget.
    • Ending student loan forgiveness.
    • Ending Head Start, a program aimed at providing preschool for poor children, to save $13 billion over ten years.
    • Cutting off funding for the International Space Station by 2025.
    • Selling off federal airports and power plants to the highest bidder.
    • Funding infrastructure spending by cutting the transportation budget by $178 billion.
    • Ending home heating assistance completely.
    • Ending the job-creation program for rural American.
    • Providing $0 to the Social Services Block Grant, which funds "essential social services" that go to protecting children and adults from neglect, abuse and exploitation.
    • Cutting welfare by $21 billion.
    • Assumes that Obamacare has been repealed and that $675 billion has been saved from the repeal.
    • Cutting the Centers for Disease Control budget by 41%.
    • Cutting $47 billion from the Section 8 housing voucher program that keeps hundreds of thousands of children from becoming homeless.
    • Reducing education spending by $3.6 billion and provides $1 billion for private school vouchers.
    • Providing $2.5 billion in funding to build detention facilities for illegal immigrants.
  • 2/13/18 Mulvaney instructs CFPB staffers to drop a lawsuit against Golden Falley Lending, which allegedly charged interest rates up to 950%. (NPR)
  • 4/24/18 Tells bankers that direct engagement with their representatives would bolster their efforts to curtail the CFPB’s power and loosen financial regulations. (Hill)
  • 6/6/18 Purges the CFPB of its 25-member advisory board. (NYT)
  • 6/16/18 Picks a deputy at his budget office, Kathy Kraninger, to succeed him at the CFPB. Kraninger has no experience in financial service regulation or in the industry whatsoever, and was picked over the objections of some White House officials. (NYT)