The nomination for President Trump’s budget director is headed to the Senate floor, after two Senate committees approved the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.

The Senate Budget Committee voted 12-11 to approve Mulvaney, a fiscal conservative, to be Trump’s budget chief, shortly after the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee also advanced his nomination on a partisan basis.

The earlier vote was more of a dicey prospect because of the possibility that one Republican, John McCain of Arizona, might not support Mulvaney because of Mulvaney’s votes in the House on military spending. But McCain voted to support Mulvaney, at least in the committee.

Mulvaney advanced in both committees despite the revelation during his hearing preparation that he had failed to pay payroll taxes for a nanny. Mulvaney answered those questions directly in his nomination hearings, and said he quickly paid back five years worth of taxes to make up for the mistake, even though he believes his family only employed the nanny for three or four years.

During his hearings, Mulvaney said he would push for spending restraint within the Trump administration, and said that he would push Trump to consider reforms to retirement programs, something that Trump opposed during the campaign.

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