The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package Democrats will be putting forth in early February is mostly made up of giveaways to the party's base, Mick Mulvaney, who served as director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump administration, tells Newsmax TV.
"It's all debt," Mulvaney said Monday on "Spicer & Co.," "because there's no new money. They're not raising taxes yet to pay for it, just printing this."
Mulvaney said probably a third of the money actually will be used for COVID-19 relief and the other two thirds will go to "everything else."
"What does a minimum wage have to do with with COVID? Absolutely zero," he said. "They're using it as an excuse to get their priorities across."
Still, he admitted, Republicans would do the same thing if they controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency. Mulvaney spent six years in the U.S. House of Representatives before President Donald Trump tapped him to be his first OMB director.
"But it's the hypocrisy that that drives me crazy," he said. "To say that somehow $15 an hour federal minimum wage has something to do with COVID. It doesn't, and it's insulting to people and it's what drives the sort of anger with the government that we saw manifest itself during the Trump era. You can't be dishonest with people and that's what we're doing right now."
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