Three dozen Republican House members signaled Tuesday that they are opposed to a deal between Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden to lift the nation’s debt ceiling, saying the bill fails to halt deficit spending even as McCarthy touts concessions he claims to have secured from Democrats.
The list of 36 congressmen contains many of the proverbial thorns in McCarthy’s side, including staunch conservatives like Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL). As part of their announcement, each member released a quote that all touched on a single theme: McCarthy backslid on his commitment to hold strong on demands by his party.
BREAKING REPORT: 31 Republicans have now signaled they are VOTING NO on Kevin McCarthy’s flawed Spending Bill…
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“The debt limit deal is a bad deal for America. As the bill is currently presented, my vote will be NO on tomorrow’s anti-deal. Unit then, I hope the House will either amend it or kill it entirely,” said Rep. Boebert.
“This is just a bad deal. I won’t vote to add $4 trillion more to the deficit within the next 20 months. This is a plan for continuing the bipartisan bankruptcy in Washington D.C.,” said Rep. Buck.
“This bill keeps all of Joe Biden’s policy, all of Joe Biden’s spending intact. This bill does nothing for the Green New Deal subsidies that are going to cripple our electric grid. To my Republican colleagues, vote no, vote no. And do the right thing. And let’s go find a better deal,” said Rep. Donalds.
“Nobody wants to default on our debt, but neither can we afford to keep spending money we don’t have. Very disappointed to see this bill increase the national debt by $4 trillion in half as many years and do very little to actually get our fiscal house in order. I will be voting NO. Enough is enough!” said Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL).
According to the Gateway Pundit, the following five GOP members of Congress are also leaning towards ‘no’: Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN), Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA), Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN), Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN).
Following a one-vote passage of the bill by the House Rules Committee, the entire House will hold a vote Wednesday. To secure passage, McCarthy will need to wrangle support from dozens of Democrats to offset losses in his own caucus which holds a slim four-vote majority in Congress.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed the bill as well:
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— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) May 31, 2023