Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sanders set for clash with Trump’s budget pick

At The Hill by Alexander Bolton  -- 

President Trump’s budget nominee will be on the hot seat on Tuesday.

Liberal senators, most notably Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), are expected to grill Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Trump’s controversial pick to head the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Sanders, the ranking member on the Budget Committee, has kept a relatively low profile since Hillary Clintons defeat in the November presidential election. But the 2016 candidate and outspoken advocate of Medicare and Social Security is gearing up for a battle with Mulvaney.

During his short career in the House, Mulvaney has led calls to reform Medicare and Social Security. In April 2011, he criticized then-House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryans (R-Wis.) budget for not going far enough to overhaul Medicare and called for raising the Social Security retirement age from 67 to 70.

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