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Mulvaney: Budget Vote Loss Could Throw Tax Reform 'Off Schedule'

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:16 AM

Congress must pass budget legislation by Friday or it will be more difficult to push tax reform through, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday.

"The president and I think most folks in the Republican Party and the American people want tax reform this year," Mulvaney told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade. "In order to get that done we really do need to stay on schedule. That means we need to pass this budget on Friday."

If the budget is not passed on Friday, that does not mean "tax reform is done forever," Mulvaney added, but "it means we are off schedule."

If the budget is not passed, 60 votes will be needed to pass tax reform in the Senate, he explained, but if it is passed, just 50 votes will be needed.

"My guess is in this environment, Washington, D.C., there won't be 60 votes for any tax reform package," said Mulvaney. "The budget is a critical part of taxes."

Meanwhile, Mulvaney, a former South Carolina representative, said Tuesday he's "frustrated" with the Senate over its inability to push through Obamacare repeal and replace legislation.

"I am frustrated," he said. "The president is frustrated. I think most people back home are frustrated. They ran, promising to repeal and replace Obamacare. They haven't done that. They ran promising tax reform and we're sort of hitting a hurdle on that. Yeah, sooner or later we want the folks in the Senate to deliver on their promises. I know that many, many of them want to. They can't seem to get over that last hurdle. Maybe that will change this week."

Mulvaney said he does not blame anyone for that.

"I'm in the business of trying to get stuff passed," he said. "We will look back afterwards if it doesn't work and start to lay blame. Right now, we are focused on how do we get this passed because we need it badly."

While in Congress, Mulvaney was often referred to as a "deficit hawk," Kilmeade said, noting that there has been criticism that the tax plan is not kind to the nation's deficit, but Mulvaney responded that "nothing could be further from the truth."

"My concern for the deficits is what drives all of this," said Mulvaney. "You will never balance the budget in this country again at 1.8 percent or less growth. It's just not going to happen. We have appetite in this country for certain level of government. It's been clear to me now we are not going to fix that through spending alone."

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