01.24.17

OMB Director Nominee Endorses Daines Balanced Budget or Members Won’t Get Paid Bill

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today questioned President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney during the nomination hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 

In the hearing, Daines explicitly asked Mulvaney if he supports Daines’ bill, the Balanced Budget Accountability Act. The bill requires that Congress passes a balanced budget – or members won’t get paid. 

“We spoke in my office Congress, I know you know the importance of balancing a budget, but unlike hardworking families in this country, Congress isn’t required to pass a balanced budget. 

“And year after year, Congress after Congress we continue to leverage the future of our children and grandchildren with an unsustainable fiscal path. That’s why for the third Congress in a row, I’ve introduced a simple bill that states if members of Congress don’t pass a balanced budget, then they don’t get paid. We need to put the pain back on members of Congress.

“Congressman, I know we spoke about my bill that was referred to this Committee. Do you support my bill,” Daines asked Mulvaney.

Mulvaney responded that if passed, he would recommend President Donald J. Trump to sign it into law.

“If your bill were to become law, and it comes down to OMB as all bills do they go to OMB before presentation to the President – I would give the President the unqualified recommendation that he sign it,” Mulvaney responded.

On January 11, Daines met with Mulvaney in his Washington, D.C. where they discussed Daines’ bill among other ways to rein in Washington, D.C. out of control spending that has been the hallmark of former President Barack Obama’s tax and spend agenda. 

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