First, it was Newt Gingrich saying abolish the CBO. Now, Mick Mulvaney advocates ignoring the CBO.
From The Washington Examiner:
White House Office of Management Director Mick Mulvaney on Wednesday opened fire on the Congressional Budget Office, asserting in an interview with the Washington Examiner that the day of the institution as an authoritative non-partisan arbiter of legislation “has probably come and gone.”
Mulvaney, speaking in his office in the Old Executive Office Building, described the CBO’s scoring of the House Republican healthcare bill as “absurd,” arguing that it was a perfect example of why Congress should stop being so deferential to the group.
“At some point, you’ve got to ask yourself, has the day of the CBO come and gone?”…
This is pretty rich for an administration official who has double counted (a yet to be released plan for) tax reform in its growth and budget projections.
Just to be clear, this is the same Mulvaney that asserted in a speech to the John Birch Society that the dollar had been debased by Obama policies at a time when it had just appreciated by 20% in real terms over the preceding two years.
So the assault on technocratic policy institutions within the government continues.
Update, 8:30PM Pacific: And I couldn’t say it better than Doug Holtz-Eakin:
Mulvaney’s words “are a disgrace, reflect more poorly on him than CBO, and show budget ignorance. Should apologize.”