Ron DeSantis rips debt ceiling deal, while Trump is mostly silent:
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Biden agreed over the weekend to a deal to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending concessions, leading to a huge backlash from some conservatives in Congress.
Ron DeSantis Does Not Like the Deal
A deal was reached over the weekend between President Joe Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a potential default.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, who officially entered the presidential race last week, ripped the deal on Tuesday.
“Prior to this deal, our country was careening towards bankruptcy, and after this deal, our country will still be careening towards bankruptcy, and to say you can do 4 trillion of increases in the next year and a half, I mean, that’s a massive amount of spending,” DeSantis said in a Tuesday appearance on Fox and Friends.
It’s an indication that Ron DeSantis is seeking to grab a lane reminiscent of the Tea Party era, which coincided with DeSantis’ time in Congress. That’s contrary to the Trump era when there was little talk and little worry about spending.
As for Trump, he has been silent about the debt ceiling deal, although he did share a post on Truth Social, in which conservative activist Tom Fenton asked “Does the Debt Deal include reparations for @realDonaldTrump for the abuse of him by Obama/Biden? It should!”
Trump had, during his CNN town hall in early May, addressed the debt ceiling talks, although this was weeks before the deal was reached. He had actually encouraged those in the talks to “do a default.”
“I say to the Republicans out there – congressmen, senators – if they don’t give you massive cuts, you’re going to have to do a default. And I don’t believe they’re going to do a default because I think the Democrats will absolutely cave because you don’t want to have that happen. But it’s better than what we’re doing right now because we’re spending money like drunken sailors. You know the expression?”
A vote is scheduled for Wednesday night in the House of Representatives on the debt ceiling deal, after the legislation passed the House Rules Committee Tuesday.
The House Freedom Caucus has expressed their opposition, as a group, to the deal reached by McCarthy, and one member of the House has talked about invoking a motion to vacate, which could trigger a vote to remove McCarthy as speaker.
However, we’re still several steps away from that happening, as several Freedom Caucus members have stated that, while they oppose the debt deal, they are not in favor of pushing for McCarthy’s removal as speaker.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said that she supports the bill, per NPR.
“Absolutely amazing. Nowhere have we been able to do that this far, especially when we control this Congress with just a handful of seats,” the Congresswoman and McCarthy ally said.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) added that he plans to vote yes and does not plan to push a motion to vacate, even though he was involved with efforts to remove then-Speaker John Boehner years ago.
Furthermore, an analysis by Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo indicated that the House GOP doesn’t appear serious about actually toppling McCarthy, or scuttling the deal.
“Holding a press conference, saying the deal is super bad — who cares? If anything, that helps McCarthy so long as it doesn’t brand the bill as a conservative betrayal in a way that would start pulling large numbers of backbench members into opposition,” Marshall wrote. “That’s clearly not happening. These things catch fire or spin out of control when members are hearing about it in their districts, something usually driven by talk radio, Twitter memes, or Fox. But that’s not happening in this case, probably to a great degree because fiscal politics isn’t a major driver in the GOP today.”
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