Mick Mulvaney

Mulvaney Wants No Funding for Consumer Bureau

Politico: “Every quarter, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau formally requests its operating funds from the Federal Reserve. Last quarter, former director Richard Cordray asked for $217.1 million. Cordray, an appointee of President Barack Obama, needed just $86.6 million the quarter before that. And yesterday, President Donald Trump’s acting CFPB director, Mick Mulvaney, sent his first request to the Fed.”

“He requested zero.”

Mulvaney Tells CFPB Staff to ‘Disregard’ Leandra English

Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, on Monday instructed agency staff to disregard directions from Leandra English, who was named acting director by the former head of the agency, Reuters reports.

Axios reports Mulvaney showed up to work with donuts for the staff.

Trump Considers Mulvaney for Consumer Watchdog Post

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, who once called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “a sad, sick joke,” is being considered for a temporary role as interim director of the consumer watchdog after Richard Cordray steps down later this month, Bloomberg reports.

“Mulvaney would be expected to name someone else or a team of people to run the CFPB on a day-to-day-basis so he could keep his focus on OMB, said one of the people.”

Mulvaney Introduces Himself as a ‘Right-Wing Nutjob’

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney admits to Politico that no one in this administration “is more of a right-wing conservative than I am.”

Mulvaney has an amusing way of announcing his extremism. His first words to Trump’s top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, were: “Hi, I’m a right-wing nutjob!” (Cohn’s deadpan reply: “Hi, I’m Gary.”) At a meeting with budget analysts, Mulvaney wryly described himself as a crazy reactionary. But he bristles a bit at stereotypes of Southern conservatives as knuckle-dragging backwoods Neanderthals, because he’s not that kind of reactionary. He comes off more like a 50-year-old Rotary Club suburbanite with triplets, a standing desk, and an eight handicap, which he is. He studied abroad in Madrid. He drives a Miata.

White House Wants No Votes Until Health Bill Passes

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said that “yes,” it’s official White House policy that the Senate shouldn’t hold a vote on another issue — not even an imminent crisis like raising the debt ceiling— until the Senate votes again on health care, Politico reports.

Said Mulvaney: “You can’t promise folks you’re going to do something for seven years, and then not do it.”

Mulvaney Says Obama Was Faking Jobs Data

Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney told CNN that the Obama administration was “manipulating” jobs data.

Saiod Mulvaney: “What you should really look at is the number of jobs created. We’ve thought for a long time, I did, that the Obama administration was manipulating the numbers, in terms of the number of people in the workforce, to make the unemployment rate — that percentage rate — look smaller than it actually was.”

Will Mulvaney Be First to Resign from Trump Cabinet?

Stan Collender says that OMB Director Mick Mulvaney will be either the most important member of the Trump cabinet or the first one out the door.

“Mulvaney’s positions on a variety of critical spending, tax and budget process issues are so different from Trump’s and so likely to get in the way of White House and congressional Republican plans that he could quickly find himself opposing what both Trump and the GOP majorities in Congress want to do. That’s why it’s not hard to imagine Mulvaney quitting or Trump demanding his resignation shortly after he joins the administration.”

Lawmaker Explains Why He Didn’t Try to Oust Boehner

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) on Facebook: “There was an attempt to oust John Boehner as Speaker of the House today. I didn’t participate in it. That may make some people back home angry. I understand that, but I’ve got some experience with coup attempts against the Speaker, and what I learned two years ago factored heavily in my decision today not to join the mutiny.”

“First, I learned two years ago that people lie about how they are going to vote. And you cannot go into this kind of fight with people you do not trust. We walked onto the floor two years ago with signed pledges – handwritten promises – from more than enough people to deny Boehner his job. But when it came time to vote, almost half of those people changed their minds – including some of those who voted against Boehner today. Fool me once, shame on you… I also learned that the Floor of the House is the wrong place to have this battle.”