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House Freedom Caucus Has Mulvaney's Ear
Small group of conservative members wield outsized influence with Trump's OMB director

OMB director Mick Mulvaney is seen in the Longworth Building in May. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Though known members of the archconservative group represent only 9 percent of House Republicans, Freedom Caucus members make up nearly a quarter of the scheduled contacts of their former founding member, Mick Mulvaney, in his first six months as Office of Management and Budget director.

Despite the fact that no House Freedom Caucus members are in positions of committee or party leadership, they've got Mulvaney’s ear.

Ep. 5: Why Trump’s New Budget Director Should Prepare for a Fight
Budget Tracker Extra

President Donald Trump finally has his budget director Mick Mulvaney in place, but with a daunting agenda it’s unclear how much he can get accomplished, says CQ Budget Tracker Editor David Lerman. Mulvaney faces, among other challenges, an April deadline when government funding expires and the unknown costs of Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Administration Sitting on Unspent Funds for Zika
White House urges lawmakers to act, but it has $385 million available

A city environmental health worker displays literature to be distributed to the public in April in McAllen, Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images file photo)

The Obama administration is struggling to explain why it is pressing Congress for more money to fight the Zika virus while sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars that it already controls and could be used instead.  

White House and public health officials on Friday came close to publicly demanding that the House and Senate interrupt a seven-week recess and return to Washington to give federal agencies up to $1.9 billion to counter the mosquito-borne virus.  

White House: GOP Zika Bill 'Woefully Inadequate'
Obama would veto $622M measure, says more is needed

Public health officials warn that mosquitoes could bring the Zika virus, which causes birth defects and neurological disorders, to 30 U.S. states. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

The White House says a $622 million House Republican-crafted Zika emergency spending bill is "woefully inadequate" and months too late to avoid a national crisis, press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday.  

Earnest's blunt assessment came shortly after the Obama administration threatened to veto the House measure .  

White House: GOP Zika Bill 'Woefully Inadequate'
Obama would veto $622M measure, says more is needed

Public health officials warn that mosquitoes could bring the Zika virus, which causes birth defects and neurological disorders, to 30 U.S. states. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)

The White House says a $622 million House Republican-crafted Zika emergency spending bill is "woefully inadequate" and months too late to avoid a national crisis, press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday.  

Earnest's blunt assessment came shortly after the Obama administration threatened to veto the House measure .