A number of Republicans are voicing their dissatisfaction with certain aspects of the preliminary debt ceiling agreement reached between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
McCarthy provided further clarification on the agreement during a late Saturday night conference call with his fellow GOP colleagues. In response, a group of House Republicans took to Twitter to express their disappointment, with one representative characterizing it as a “surrender.”
“I listened to Speaker McCarthy earlier tonight outline the deal with President Biden and I am appalled by the debt ceiling surrender,” tweeted Rep. Ken Buck (R-Co.). “The bottom line is that the U.S. will have $35 trillion of debt in January 2025. That is completely unacceptable.”
According to Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, the agreement would pose a challenge for anyone who identifies as a conservative and attempts to support it.
“No one claiming to be a conservative could justify a YES vote,” he tweeted.
Within the next 24 hours, teams of negotiators from both the Republican and Democratic parties will work on finalizing the legislative text, with the bill expected to be presented to the House and Senate in the following week. President Biden has called for swift passage of the agreement in both chambers.
There are already concerns that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy may struggle to gather sufficient votes from his fellow Republicans.
Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) took to Twitter to announce her intention to vote against the deal, stating, “I will be a ‘No’ on this deal. We have the potential to achieve better outcomes.”
“Our base didn’t volunteer, door knock, and fight so hard to get us the majority for this kind of compromise deal with Joe Biden,” she tweeted. “Our voters deserve better than this. We work for them.”
In a tweet, Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) expressed a firm rejection, emphasizing that Democrats had not incorporated the essential policies outlined in the Republicans’ proposed Limit, Save, Grow Act.
According to Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), the Biden-McCarthy proposal is deemed “insanity,” as it involves a $4 trillion increase in the debt ceiling without substantial spending cuts, contradicting their previous agreements. Norman firmly stated his refusal to vote for such a plan that would potentially lead to bankrupting the country.
As lawmakers await the official release of the plan, many are adopting a cautious approach, choosing to observe and evaluate its contents before taking a stance.
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