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McCain votes with Democrats against Mulvaney as OMB director

February 16, 2017 at 11:50 am 32 News
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(UPI) — The U.S. Senate confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney as director of the Office of Management and Budget on Thursday in a 51-49 vote.

A simple majority was required for confirmation, and the vote was along party lines, with the exception of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday his decision to join Democrats in opposing Mulvaney, R-S.C., stemmed from Mulvaney’s insistence for firm spending limits on the Defense Department.
“I will vote to oppose Congressman Mulvaney’s nomination because it would be irresponsible to place the future of the defense budget in the hands of a person with such a record and judgment on national security,” McCain said.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., also opposed the confirmation, citing Mulvaney’s positions on defense spending and entitlement reform, as well as his support of a 2013 shutdown of the government instead of a bill to keep the government funded.

Mulvaney’s “unwillingness to embrace a bipartisan compromise, even after the government of the United States shut down, troubles me significantly,” Kaine said.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., were undecided on the nomination until Wednesday, when they announced their support for Mulvaney.

Mulvaney will lead the OMB as it helps the new administration of President Donald Trump prepare a budget and deal with raising the debt limit. A new tax plan is also in the works.

Mulvaney’s support of changes to Medicare, and the raising of the eligibility age for Social Security, are in opposition to opinions expressed by Trump, who said during the campaign he would protect those programs.

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  1. ecarr12198 February 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    This old RINO needs to go!

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    • Carline D. Jr. Long February 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Please voters in Arizona, Recall this man. He is a cancer and is not representing you as the Republican you elected. RECALL him asap and lets get on to fixing America and draining the Swamp!

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      IF he upped and croaked tomorrow, not only wouldn’t i shed a single tear, but i would celebrate that this pain in the rectum is finally gone!

      THAT is how much i despise him…

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    • ranarhtims
      ranarhtims February 16, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      I don’t see why people still think McCain is a republican. They blindly vote for this poser!

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  2. 4liberty February 16, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Quite typical of this communist sympathizer. Should never have been allowed in any elected position and certainly not the US Senate.

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  3. wdjinc February 16, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    ‘Songbird’ RINO McCain is a traitor to our country. Certainly no hero.

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    • Mel February 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      What are you talking about??? Decorated vets who have spent years being tortured in POW camps should be exempt from insults. Unless you were his cellmate. Were you his cellmate? If you were, and you witnessed him doing terrible anti-American things, that may give you the right to lightly criticize him. Otherwise, you most likely have no idea where his thoughts come from, nor why he takes the actions he takes. I imagine you think about a lot of things in a prison camp, things like the way the world and your country work. And other things. And please, I was a little steamed up at the beginning of this post but I’m calmer now and I mean no disrespect. Let us not get into a shouting match. Okay?

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Mel, if it wasn’t for this Brit for Shains daddy protecting his behind, he wouldn’t HAVE EVEN been in the nayvy anymore to GET captured. AND since he was given the nickname of Songbird Mccain by his COMRADES that to me proves he was NOT an honorable captive and keeping with our MILITARY code of conduct, but he spilled his guts…

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    • usafoldsarge
      usafoldsarge February 16, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Well. mel, You need to talk to a lot more Vietnam Vets….. He may have been an model prisoner in your eyes, not in mine…. A little respect that he didn’t take the early release that was offered because of who his father and grandfather were. But for him to be physically disabled where he couldn’t get his elbows above shoulder level, and get returned to full flight status, remain on active duty, retire as a Navy Captain (Army. Marines, Air Force full Colonel) WITH 100% disability????? He is a fraud

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  4. Tom Mays February 16, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    for McCain to retire. If he will not follow Trump he needs to go on. Don’t visit the movies or go to Arizonia… We need to make a stand!

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    • Mel February 16, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Now I just want to make one point, and you can agree with me or not. I’m not trying to start a fight. But there have been a lot of administrations since this country was founded and NONE of them have ever, not once in history, been agreed upon by the entire country. It’s okay to disagree with policies the government makes because, and this is important to remember, they work for us. We gave them their jobs. And it is we as employers who need to keep their actions in check.

      That said, I am usually in agreement with Trump. I voted for the man; I think he can do what he promised to do. But I am worried about, and don’t trust, the policies of Steve Bannon that seem to be being implemented in Trump’s name. Before you get angry and deny my statements, do some research into Bannon’s beliefs and practices. Of course, they may match your own, which is a different problem. But they are very different from Donald Trump’s, and yet they keep being made policy.

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  5. columba February 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    “McCain votes with Democrats…” And this is supposed to be NEWS????

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      To me it would be news if he voted AGAINST the democrats… BUT since a good chunk of the time he is in lock step with them, he needs to really change party.

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  6. W J Tierney February 16, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    A sad commentary on outdated, lock-step behavior by one who should know better. McCain has to understand that the day of the Military’s $600 toilet seat is long over. As the Boeing AF1 and Lockheed F-35 ‘cost re-evaluations’ clearly demonstrate, Eisenhower’s cautionary is as application today as in 1961.

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  7. truthteller February 16, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I consider McCain to be a moronic

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Being mornic means he can’t help being an idiot. IMO HE CAn, he just chooses not to.

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  8. cardfan4life
    cardfan4life February 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I wonder why McCain always gets back in office and its no surprise that he voted with the Democrats against Trump. These politicians are all trying to get enough lies strung together to oust Trump. These hacks that have grown old in office are the reason our country is in bad shape. For many terms he has been a blight on this country that wins every time he comes up for reelection. Trump is in trouble and needs his supporters to stand up for him. If we don’t show our support for him hacks like McCain will oust him and our country will be gone.

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    • usafoldsarge
      usafoldsarge February 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      He got back in because the Republican Party of AZ run a weak kneed candidate against him, as did the democrats….. I voted for the democrat

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  9. Harold Wayne Sutherland February 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    He is as worthless as his daughter, MAYBE SOROS IS CALLING IN HIS DONATION !!!

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 16, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      Obviously you don’t watch Fox new’s show, Outnumbered. Megan Mccain is a very outspoken Conservative commentator..

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  10. captusnret February 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Not a fan of McCain but in this case I agree with him wholeheartedly:

    Mulvaney’s insistence for firm spending limits on the Defense Department.
    “I will vote to oppose Congressman Mulvaney’s nomination because it would be irresponsible to place the future of the defense budget in the hands of a person with such a record and judgment on national security,” McCain said.

    Our defense forces are a disgrace and in need of revitalization after 8 years of Obama!

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  11. ronc February 16, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    What a great disappointment.

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  12. Jota_ February 16, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    “Not a fan of McCain but in this case I agree with him wholeheartedly”

    Yea, tough call, sure would be nice to have that 6% of the budget back we now spend on interest for the national debt to give to the military

    Or the $34 trillion more we spent on Social Security than was paid in, or the trillion dollar deficit we will be running every year to pay for Medicare/Medicaid

    Then one day the bubble will burst and all the nations that financed the debt can come and pick up THEIR tanks, fighters and battleships

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  13. Srini Varadarajan
    Srini Varadarajan February 16, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I’m praying that McLame’s seat will be vacant (non-euphemistically, for his demise) before year-end!

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  14. gavinwca February 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Where else would a RINO vote? Naturally with his true party members!

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  15. williweb February 16, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    I voted for Trump and McCain on the same mail in ballot in November. The #1 priority for our government is to defend the American people. The immigration ban will be part of that duty. I would expect McCain to defend the defense department budget from all comers too.

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  16. ltuser
    ltuser February 17, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Will. Then why has Mccain voted against the DoD many times before..

    In 2016, McCain called the F-35 program “scandal and a tragedy”, noting a change in stance towards the topic from his 2012 position, as seen when an Arizonan airbase was chosen for the aircraft he lauded it as “the greatest combat aircraft in the history of the world”.

    McCain supports ending the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, the Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser, and the Boeing and Science Applications International Corporation Future Combat Systems.

    Certainly doesn’t sound like a strong defender of the DOD to me..

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  17. PatriotUSA February 17, 2017 at 4:19 am

    McAmnesty votes with the Left, Shrillary is a liar and Hollywierd is sick. Tell me something I don’t already know.

    Arizona, Juan McAmnesty needs to GO !!

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  18. Harlan Evans February 17, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Sen. rino John Mccain will not leave the party or go away I don’t know how he keeps getting elected but hes useless and not getting old enough quick enough begone Mccain !!!

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  19. messup February 17, 2017 at 11:39 am

    “Turn-coat, songbird” McCain. On view for ALL the world to see how anti-USA this “keating five” corrupt lawmaker is serving the citizens of Arizona (and the USA) with his Democratic Socialists of America Washington DC cabal. If McCain can’t get a tacit approval for “pay-to-play” or even overt “kick-backs” he is against that legislation, proposal or even committee minutes approving “floor votes.” He will block everything not meeting his personal criteria for “self.” Congratulations, ARIZONA. Pray. Amen. God Bless America and ALL Americans. Read A Bible. NKJV Psalm 128.

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  20. patron71 February 17, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    McCain needs to get the hell OUT of CONGRESS! I am sure you are just another Democrat. Not a republication, you probably get your instructions on who you are TOLD to vote for from your pal Obama. Two backstabbers who are pals.

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  21. elderal February 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Do not be deceived; notwithstanding the label he tries to wear:
    McCain is a DEMOCRAT.

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