House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) panned President Joe Biden’s roughly $6.9 trillion budget proposal as “not serious” and warned him not to “play games with the debt ceiling.”
McCarthy contended that Biden’s budget proposal would be dead on arrival in the House and speculated that even Democrats “won’t even vote for this.” The speaker also reiterated his long-standing calls for Biden to negotiate a budgeting agreement with him to avert a debt ceiling crisis.
Biden’s roughly $6.9 trillion budget released last week was an opening act in the looming budget showdown with Republicans. It outlined a slew of progressive wishlist items, such as bolstered spending for Medicare and Social Security, as well as a revival of “Build Back Better” agenda items such as prescription drug reform, child care spending, community college funding, and more.
“This budget talks more about equality and climate change than it does dealing with China dealing with fentanyl, dealing with putting our workforce back in the workplace. That is a real challenge,” McCarthy said on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.
“To have a nonserious budget and for a president not to show the leadership to sit down and solve this problem early only weakens America,” he said.
On Sunday morning, McCarthy tweeted, “The President’s budget does nothing to address the rapid rise in debt that taxpayers are on the hook for.
“It isn’t a serious budget—and it isn’t leadership. Now is the time to rein in runaway spending—not saddle America’s next generation with more debt and dependency.”
The President’s budget does nothing to address the rapid rise in debt that taxpayers are on the hook for. It isn’t a serious budget—and it isn’t leadership.
Now is the time to rein in runaway spending—not saddle America’s next generation with more debt and dependency. pic.twitter.com/K3WQiu0qHK
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) March 12, 2023
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