NALC opposes Mulvaney as Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director

note: “President Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s budget director, Rep.mulvaney (R-S.C.), defended Tuesday his support of cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid programs that Trump vowed to keep intact and emphasized that he would bring a “fact-based approach” to the role.”  New Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price also has expressed plans to privatize  Medicare.

From NALC:

As a result of the 2016 election, President Donald Trump has the authority to appoint more than 3,000 officials to lead the various departments and agencies of the federal government.

Few agencies are more important than the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a unit of the White House charged with developing the president’s annual budget proposal.

Letter carriers’ standard of living depends on health security and retirement security, and those in turn depend on budget proposals governing the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program.

On Feb. 15, the Senate will vote on the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to serve as director of OMB.

NALC President Fredric Rolando has issued the following statement:

On behalf of the 292,000 active and retired letter carriers who are members of the National Association of Letter Carriers, I urge the Senate to reject the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Mulvaney’s radical anti-government ideology and lack of experience make him unfit and unqualified for the position. The OMB is simply too important to the budget-making process to be led by someone so unsuited to the task.

During his first year in the U.S. House of Representatives, Mulvaney helped draft the extremely dangerous and misguided “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.” This measure would have required an immediate $111 billion cut to the federal budget, or nearly 0.7 percent of the projected Gross Domestic Product, in Fiscal Year 2012. At the time, the country faced a 9.2 percent unemployment rate, and Mulvaney’s legislation would have caused more than 700,000 more Americans to lose their jobs and plunged the country back into a recession.

The office of OMB director usually is reserved for someone with an extensive understanding of the federal budget and a long history of managerial experience. During Mulvaney’s four terms in Congress, we’ve witnessed his self-destructive approach to fiscal policy:

  • He proposed unprecedented cuts to domestic and defense spending in a weak economy, including grossly unfair budget cuts aimed at the pensions of federal and postal employees.
  • He seemed to advocate a first-ever default on the federal debt, showing a willingness to hold the government and the global economy hostage to advance radical austerity.
  • He was a champion of the 2011 government shutdown; he calls shutdowns “good policy.”

Based on his record in Congress, having Mulvaney as OMB director would jeopardize the health and retirement security of the millions of Americans who rely on Medicare and Social Security—in stark contrast to President Trump’s promise not to cut benefits for either. Mulvaney maintains that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme,” and he has supported privatizing Medicare by turning it into a voucher program. He also advocates raising the age of eligibility for both entitlement programs.

The OMB should be led by a sensible, experienced official dedicated to creating a reasonable budget that funds all of the programs that are important to Americans, and not by a radical ideologue.

I urge senators to vote against Mulvaney’s nomination.

6 thoughts on “NALC opposes Mulvaney as Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director

  1. they are not going to leave our health care plan alone. The Ratpublicans want to dismantle the Postal Service. Why else is the Postal Service, and only the Postal Service, required to pre fund health care cost? The thought of a worker having anything even close to what the rich bastards have is more than they can stand. Workers should just know their place and accept it! Don’t resist. And for those of you that complain about the union, wait till the unions are gone. then when you are called into the office for not scanning a parcel on your day off, you can deal with it on your own. We all know how nice management is. They take prick pills just to stay mean.

  2. what? is Rolando prejudice against a smart Irish-American………screw that fanook! What’s the matter Rolando, workers are on to your toady company union while you rake in the dough? did you give yourself 1% yearly raise’s for the last 10 years… bet you put a zero after the one you creep. UPS $105 a share, FDX $185 a share, AMZN $825 a share……want to get in on the discount for employee stock , in the stock payroll deduction. 57K in New York City is chicken feed…..and with this liberal commie dirt bag Mayor DeCommieo, my delivery job is down right dangerous due to his getting rid of NYPD’s stop and frisk…….the criminals are running wild and these left wing nuts egg them on. President Trump sell half of postal circus to UPS and FDX……..drain this corrupt texas two step of corrupt po bureaucrats and company union thugs lining their pockets. PFP bonus scam based on phony numbers for over 110,000 postal uneducated bureaucrats is a criminal plan that should be broken up under RICO Act! po union thugs look other way as they raid the dues money for a fancy life style. hey Rolando…….we know all about your 2 hour lunches at expensive restaurants on K Street….you fool no one. your a clown who needs to be kicked to the curb. why do you think apwu members kicked out guffy…same as you!

  3. I voted for Trump.. doing a great job. His cabinet will do a great job. Not all NALC carriers are liberals

  4. Wow, the NALC makes the statement that letter carriers “standard of Living” and “retirement security” are in jeopardy if Mulvaney gets in??? Maybe the NALC should re-examine their own decisions, especially the one endorsing the Medicare mandate and creating a stand alone “Postal” febp!! I would argue that the NALC is as much a threat to the security of our Healthcare benefit plan!! Get rid of the prefunding and leave our Healthcare plan alone!!

  5. All of you workers that voted for Trump can see what you voted for! Tax cuts for the rich, cuts in benefits for the rest of America. When and if the cuts take place I know you will scream. Too bad it’s what you wanted! Remember that you are but a low worker, just know your place.

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