A bipartisan agreement between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to avert a potential U.S. default on its debt has drawn strong criticism from top conservatives. While the details of the agreement are still being finalized, key Republicans in Washington, D.C., have expressed their dissatisfaction with the deal.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, took to Twitter to voice his concerns. He pointed out several aspects of the agreement that troubled him. Roy raised questions about an uncapped debt ceiling with an expiration date, estimated at a staggering $4 trillion. He also highlighted the absence of significant spending cuts and a failure to address the previous administration’s questionable allocations of funds. Additionally, Roy expressed discontent over the lack of clawbacks of the so-called “inflation reduction act,” which he believes favored elite leftists at the expense of reliable energy sources.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) echoed Roy’s sentiments, suggesting that these developments within the Republican party raise doubts about the party’s commitment to conservative principles. Similarly, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) argued that the proposed agreement merely presented superficial spending cuts and maintained excessive levels of discretionary spending, failing to address the urgent need for substantial reductions.
With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats? https://t.co/EFpSkh2N8q
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) May 28, 2023
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized the agreement for providing the Democrats with a blank check of $4 trillion, emphasizing the potential consequences of such a move. Cruz also drew attention to the increased number of IRS agents that would be empowered to harass American taxpayers, questioning the necessity of this expansion. Furthermore, Cruz highlighted the elimination of the House’s spending cuts, which he viewed as a substantial concession.
Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) lamented that the agreement seemed to favor Democrats, as they appeared to have obtained everything they desired without being held accountable for their extravagant spending practices leading up to the 2024 election.
The conservative critics of this bipartisan agreement argue that it falls short of their expectations in several key areas. They raise concerns about the lack of substantial spending cuts, the unchecked growth of the national debt, the absence of measures to address unreliable energy sources, and the expansion of the IRS’s reach. Moreover, they express frustration that this deal allows the Democrats to evade responsibility for their reckless spending habits in the upcoming election cycle.
Chip Roy on fire. Hold the line, sir.
“Just because the Swamp is flawed doesn’t mean the average hard working American should take it on the chin..sweep the Covid money and the IRS money. The government is 40% bigger than it was pre-Covid.” pic.twitter.com/CQvuP1bfir
— SweetPeaBelle (@SweetPeaBell326) May 30, 2023