GOP Leader Unveils ‘Greatest Crisis In America Today,’ Swipes ‘New Socialist Democrats’ In The Process

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is looking to curtail criticism that the Republican  Party is no longer fiscally conservative.

Despite 65 out of 197 House Republicans voting to pass a two-year budget which suspends the debt ceiling and borrowing limits, McCarthy told a group of reporters on Thursday that fiscal responsibility “is a core element of what we [Republicans] fundamentally believe,” the Washington Examiner reports.

Continuing, McCarty said he believes the current $22 trillion debt is the “greatest crisis in America.”

“I believe our greatest crisis in America today is our debt. Unfortunately, we’re living in a world where the new socialist Democrats are in the majority,” the Republican leader said.

McCarthy’s comments fly in the face of the recently-passed two-year budget deal, which was passed with 219 Democratic votes (284 total votes).

Here’s more on the budget agreement, from Politico:

On its face, the deal appears to be a brief bipartisan détente amid a summer of extreme strife between the president and his opposition party. But the agreement is propelled, too, by raw political motivation.

“It helps everybody, including the majority — not having to deal with that at election time,” said Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), who bested his Democratic opponent by 3 percentage points in 2018.

Once the bill is signed into law, the country’s biggest budget questions will be answered until well past the election, allowing lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to fundraise and campaign next year without getting stuck in Washington or tarring their reputations before voters go to the polls to pick a president and decide who in Congress gets to stick around.

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“Both sides don’t want to risk a government shutdown, let alone a default,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). “Nobody wants a high-drama event like that leading into the elections.”

President Trump thanked lawmakers for passing the budget deal that he and the congressional leaders negotiated, but Fox News reports most Republicans were not pleased with its contents.

“I am pleased to announce the House has passed our budget deal 284-149. Great for our Military and our Vets. A big thank you!” the president tweeted after its passage.

And, from Fox News:

“The alternatives are very, very bad,” said Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, the top Republican on the Appropriations Committee.

The House separately defeated an effort by Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., to change the title of the legislation from “The Bipartisan Budget Act” to “The Kick the Can Down the Road Act,” 384-47.

The legislation is expected to be sent to the Senate for approval before it is sent to President Trump’s desk. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate will consider the plan next week.


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