Republican Rep. Declares Debt Ceiling Deal 'An Insult to the American People,' Says He's Voting Against It


Barely a week before the June 5 deadline to prevent a federal default that some claim could be damaging to the U.S. and world economies, President Joe Biden and Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced that they had reached a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling.

The deal, however, includes compromises that are likely to be rejected by both those on the further left of Biden’s party and those further to the right of the House speaker.

The challenge, therefore, will be to get the bill passed by Congress — and at least one Republican House member has already come out against it, calling it an “insult to the American people.”

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Montana’s Rep. Matt Rosendale issued a statement on the proposal — which he called the “Fiscal Irresponsibility Act” late Sunday.

“The D.C. Swamp has proposed the largest debt ceiling increase in our nation’s history, adding $4 trillion to the existing $31 trillion national debt,” Rosendale said in the statement. “The Fiscal Irresponsibility Act fails to cut spending and continues to fund the Democrats’ and Biden Administration’s radical agenda.

“It is frankly an insult to the American people to support a piece of legislation that continues to put our country’s financial future at risk. Montanans did not send me to Washington to support business as usual, which is why I will be voting AGAINST the Fiscal Irresponsibility Act.

“On April 26th, Rep. Rosendale voted in favor of the Limit, Save, Grow Act, which was written to create economic growth while minimizing the damaging inflationary consequences of reckless spending. On May 25th, Rep. Rosendale signed a letter with 34 other House Republicans urging Speaker McCarthy to hold the line and fight for every policy in the legislation.

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“The American people expect House Republicans to deliver on the promises made in the Limit, Save, Grow Act and put an end to Washington’s reckless spending addiction.”

Rosendale also included a link to the letter, reproduced below.

“The American people expect us to fight on behalf of every policy in the “Limit, Save, Grow Act” — each of which was adopted purposefully to create economic growth while minimizing the damaging inflationary consequences of reckless spending,” the letter said.

Letter to Speaker by The Western Journal on Scribd

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According to the congressman’s statement, the current proposal misses the mark on a number of issues the “Limit, Save, Grow Act” calls for, including:

“Full elimination of 87,000 new IRS agents

“Elimination of massive IRA green energy subsidies

“Elimination of the $400 billion student loan redistribution program

“Does not freeze spending at FY2022 levels”.

Newsweek reported that McCarthy might need Biden’s assistance in getting Democratic support to get the deal passed by the House Rules Committee.

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George Upper is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Western Journal and was a weekly co-host of "WJ Live," powered by The Western Journal. He is currently a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. A former U.S. Army special operator, teacher and consultant, he is a lifetime member of the NRA and an active volunteer leader in his church. Born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, he has lived most of his life in central North Carolina.
George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.
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