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Mulvaney, Mnuchin Divided On ‘Clean’ Debt Ceiling Increase

A recent interview by the New York Times suggests Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney are divided on the issue of whether the administration should push for a ‘clean’ debt ceiling increase or attach preconditions to it. Mulvaney told the Times that, “Steven is on record in his hearings last week that his preference is to see the debt ceiling raise clean…I think I’ve made it clear that my preference would be to add some spending reforms to it.” Asked what types of reforms he would seek to add, Mulvaney mentioned “changing the Budget Act of 1974” and pushing… Keep Reading

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Cruz Defends Freedom Caucus, Attacks Liberal Elements In White House

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has condemned progressive figures within the White House who have been agitating against the fiscally conservative Freedom Caucus. In a Tuesday panel covered by the Texas Tribune, Cruz defended the Freedom Caucus, stating, “I will say those voices in the White House that are trying to get the White House to unload on conservatives, to unload on the Freedom Caucus, are doing the bidding of the left, of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and profoundly damaging our prospects of success.” When a reporter asked him to elaborate on who specifically he was referring to, Cruz said, “whoever is encouraging the White House to… Keep Reading

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Libertarian Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Rising Star In Trump Administration

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is “on the rise” within the White House, according to a report by Politico on Tuesday. “When thinking about up and comers in the administration, think less about Gary Cohn, a New York City Democrat, and more about Mulvaney.” Recent reports that Gary Cohn, the former President of Goldman Sachs, was gaining clout in the White House, concerned many conservatives. Cohn, who is close to Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, has had a tenuous relationship with former Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon, who is rumored to have been sidelined in recent weeks. Cohn is widely regarded as a centrist establishment figure,… Keep Reading

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