“Republicans got outsmarted by a President who can’t find his pants,” Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said Tuesday, explaining why she will vote against the debt ceiling deal struck by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Pres. Joe Biden.
On Wednesday evening, the House is expected to vote on the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 (H.R. 3746), but a growing number of Republicans, like Mace, are saying they’ll vote against it.
In one of a series of tweets highlighting the problems with the bill, Rep. Mace said Republicans had been duped and warned that passing the measure would mean “selling out our kids and grandkids” who would have to pay for it:
“Washington is broken.
“Republicans got outsmarted by a President who can’t find his pants.
“I’m voting NO on the debt ceiling debacle because playing the DC game isn’t worth selling out our kids and grandkids.”
In another post, Mace said the bill’s supporters are also trying to dupe the American people:
“3 Point Plan To Win Debt Ceiling Negotiations
“✅ Reach debt ceiling.
“✅ Increase debt by $4 trillion over next 2 years.
“✅ Claim fiscal conservative victory.”
Mace also cited Congressional Budget Office analysis to explain how the bill enables out-of-control spending to continue:
“CBO Score is out. Best case scenario the bill leaves in place 96% of projected 10yr debt.
“Even that is wildly optimistic when you factor in a 2yr undefined debt ceiling increase and non-enforceable caps in years 3-10.”
CBO Score is out.— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) May 31, 2023
Best case scenario the bill leaves in place 96% of projected 10yr debt.
Even that is wildly optimistic when you factor in a 2yr undefined debt ceiling increase and non-enforceable caps in years 3-10. https://t.co/GJUr7Oef9Y
“This ‘deal’ normalizes record high spending started during the pandemic,” Rep. Mace warns:
“It sets these historically high spending levels as the baseline for all future spending. The bill then grows govt even more each year at about ~1%.”
In particular, Rep. Mace writes, the bill does nothing to reduce the “emergency” 40%, $2 trillion expansion of government effected in response to the COVID pandemic:
“Govt grew massively over the past 3 years. This growth was supposed to be emergency funding only during COVID. During this time, govt grew 40% or by $2 trillion from 2019 to 2023. We went from spending just over $4T to spending just over $6T.”
What's more, the bill allows Congress to use a loophole to circumvent the supposed caps on spending, Mace says:
“DCs little secret: Congress acts like it will restrict appropriations but then wait until an emergency like a hurricane, market stabilization, Ukraine, etc. Using emergency supplemental bills is how DC gets around caps and why this deal is worse than it sounds. This is DC math.”
Given all the problems with the bill, Americans would’ve actually been better off if Republicans had just given Biden the “clean” debt ceiling bill (with no conditions) he had initially demanded, Mace concluded:
“Not voting to fund far-left progressive programs costing taxpayers tons of money. A clean debt ceiling vote likely would have been a better option at this juncture.”
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