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Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, and Sean Spicer, left, the White House press secretary, at the daily news briefing on Thursday in Washington. Venice house pizza warman menu Credit

WASHINGTON — Making the rounds at the Capitol on a recent evening, Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s budget director, decided to add an unscheduled stop: a meeting of the House Freedom Caucus, the group of hard-line conservatives that once counted Mr. Venice house pizza sutherland Mulvaney as a founding member.

After addressing the room briefly, amid the group’s push to oppose the Republican health care bill endorsed by Mr. Venice house pizza menu Trump, Mr. Venice house pizza prince albert menu Mulvaney was interrupted, respectfully, by the caucus’s chairman, Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina.

“Mark said, ‘Look, Mick, we’re going to ask you to step out because we know your loyalties are different now than they were,’” recalled Mr. Venice house pizza saskatoon sk Mulvaney, a South Carolina congressman from 2011 until his confirmation last month. Venice pizza menu yorkville ny “And I said, ‘Mark, you’re absolutely right.’”

As Mr. Venice pizza menu ridgefield ct Trump unveils his budget plans this week — against the backdrop of a health care bill that Mr. Pizza of venice altadena menu Mulvaney’s former colleagues detest — the man charged with executing the White House’s fiscal vision is a figure who, not very long ago, might well have been leading the opposition to much of it. Venice pizza house menu Continue reading the main story

Mr. Venice pizza house daily specials Mulvaney has long railed against runaway military spending; Mr. Venice pizza and pasta lancaster pa Trump wants a huge increase.

He has favored drastic changes to Medicare and lifting the eligibility age for Social Security, placing him at odds with Mr. Venice gourmet pizza caloundra menu Trump, who has pledged to protect those entitlement programs.

And as administration officials and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill strain to muscle the health care bill through the House, Mr. Venice pizza ridgefield menu Mulvaney has been placed in the unusual position of selling his former comrades on its merits.

“He’s a very worthy opponent, let’s put it that way,” Mr. Venice pizza ridgefield ct Meadows said. Venice pizza menu san diego “You can be a worthy adversary and not be an enemy.”

Before being asked to leave the meeting, Mr. Venice pizza and pasta hastings Mulvaney did persuade the group to hold a future gathering at a more exclusive address: the White House bowling alley, for a night of pizza and health care policy.

Those who knew Mr. Venice pizza hastings menu Mulvaney before he was the nation’s budget guru say that such gestures are typical of a man whose hard-line leanings in Congress belied a collegial style.

“He had a great sense of humor that could take you by surprise,” said Carolyn Tillman, who was a classmate of Mr. Pizza hut venice fl Mulvaney’s at Charlotte Catholic High School in North Carolina. Venice pizza fleming island “He was always very interested in other people’s opinions.”

But even then Mr. Venice pizza narrandera menu Mulvaney’s ambition was apparent. Venice pizza eckington menu He edited the school newspaper, served as student council president, acted in theater performances and served as president of the science club. Venice pizza eckington number He was also on the wrestling and golf teams and was a manager for the varsity basketball team.

After graduating from Georgetown University, Mr. Venice pizza elkridge menu Mulvaney went on to become a lawyer and then worked in the real estate and restaurant industries before jumping into South Carolina politics. Venice italy pizza restaurants By then a father of triplets, he was elected in 2006 to the State House of Representatives, where he gained a reputation as a budding fiscal hawk and policy maven.

“He very much believes in the smaller government, lower taxation model,” said Joel Lourie, a former Democratic state senator in South Carolina who is a friend of Mr. Venice italian eatery pizza pitman nj Mulvaney’s. Venice pizza erin menu “During his career both in the legislature and in Congress he was very consistent in that regard.”

Mr. Venice pizza erin ontario Lourie did note that some of Mr. Venice pizzeria yorkville Mulvaney’s former colleagues in South Carolina have wondered how he really feels about carrying out a Trump administration agenda that includes plans for big infrastructure spending and health care legislation that subsidizes insurance.

“It’s been a little surprising for many in this state to see Mick on the front lines pushing a health care proposal that many of the more conservative members of Congress are not supporting,” Mr. Pizza hut in venice ca Lourie said. Pizza delivery in venice ca “That’s a little bit of a departure for him.”

This is, after all, the same man who once gathered in a Capitol Hill chapel with three fellow conservative freshmen members from South Carolina in 2011, seeking spiritual guidance as the government was hours away from shutting down. Venice pizza surrey bc (His decision: a vote against a spending deal to keep the lights on.)

And Mr. Venice pizzeria chesapeake va Mulvaney found an unlikely kindred spirit, at least on one issue, in Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the now-retired liberal Democrat with whom he joined forces on a push to stifle military spending.

After his nomination, Mr. Takeaway pizza venice italy Mulvaney was eventually approved with just 51 votes, navigating a confirmation process that included revelations that he had failed to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee.

At his committee hearing, Mr. Venice pizza shop williamsport pa Mulvaney pledged to be a sober purveyor of bad news, if necessary.

“The credibility I think I bring to this job is that I believe very firmly in real numbers,” Mr. Old venice pizza co memphis tn Mulvaney told lawmakers. Venice pizza casselberry fl menu “My job is to tell the president the truth. Venice pizza tadcaster menu My job is to tell you the truth.”

Since taking the job, he seems to have embraced a more targeted mission statement, articulated at a White House briefing last month. Venice beach pizza mohawk Mr. Venice beach pizza hamilton menu Mulvaney had been asked why foreign aid, a small fraction of federal spending, was an expected target of the Trump budget.

“Yes, it’s a fairly small part of the discretionary budget, but it’s still consistent with what the president said,” Mr. Pizza venice california Mulvaney said. Venice pizzeria brentwood “When you see these reductions, you’ll be able to tie it back to a speech the president gave or something the president has said previously.”

The administration’s task, he said, was “taking his words and turning them into policies and dollars.”

At times, he has also found occasion to dispute certain numbers that displeased the White House. Little venice pizza drummoyne After the Congressional Budget Office projected an increase of 24 million people without health insurance by 2026, Mr. Pizza near venice beach Mulvaney began an appearance on Fox News from snowy Washington by declaring, “Welcome to Washington, where the C.B.O. Venice pizza albany wa says it’s sunny and 75 degrees.”

Before the report’s release, he suggested that estimating the effects of legislation, a chief function of the C.B.O., “probably isn’t the best use of their time.”

Then there was the claim, presented without evidence on CNN, that the Obama administration had been “manipulating the numbers” in recent years to suppress the unemployment rate.

Mr. Venice pizza williamsport pa number Frank, the former congressman, recalled his bygone alliance with Mr. Pizza places in venice ca Mulvaney fondly, even as he expressed little sympathy for any discomfort Mr. Venice pizza fallowfield manchester Mulvaney might now encounter in his new role.

“The president does not have the power to force you to become budget director,” Mr. Venice pizza fallowfield number Frank said.

He was reminded, he said, of a line attributed to King Henry IV of France, who converted to Catholicism to seize the throne: “Paris is worth a Mass.”

“I guess,” Mr. Old venice pizza co oxford ms 38655 Frank said, “being budget director is worth military spending.”

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A version of this article appears in print on March 17, 2017, on Page A19 of the New York edition with the headline: A Longtime Fiscal Hawk Now Has to Sell Spending. Venice house pizza saskatoon 33rd Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe Continue reading the main story

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