President Donald Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, told a a Senate budget hearing Tuesday that, as a member of Congress, he would have not voted for the budget deal he crafted.
"If you were in Congress, would you have voted for this budget that you're presenting?" Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) asked Mulvaney, who replied:
“Sure, I’ll give you the same answer I gave on Sunday, which is: As a member of Congress representing the 5th district of South Carolina I probably would have found enough shortcomings in this to vote against it – as did many members of this committee.
"But I'm the director of the Office of Management and Budget, and my job is to fund the president's priorities, which is exactly what we did."
"So you would say this is a no, as a member of Congress?" Murray asked again. Mulvaney confirmed his previous answer:
"Yeah, I think I've said that before. I don't think that reflects on my opinion of it as a member of the administration."
Later, Mulvaney’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a statement clarifying the comments, claiming that the OMB director had actually been referring to a previous iteration of the budget deal, The Hill reports:
“Just to be clear, Director Mulvaney was referring to the recent caps deal when answering Senator Murray’s question this morning. Naturally, he would vote for the President’s FY19 budget that he released yesterday,” OMB spokeswoman Meghan Burris said in a statement.