In keeping having a sharp pivot underway among Republicans, U.S. Representative Mark Meadows, speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” drew a hard line on federal spending, which lawmakers are bracing to do battle over in January.
When they return through the holidays on Wednesday, lawmakers will begin trying to pass a federal budget in a fight likely to be linked to additional issues, such as immigration policy, even as the November congressional election campaigns approach in which Republicans will seek to keep control of Congress.
President Donald Trump as well as his Republicans want a big budget increase in military spending, while Democrats also want proportional increases for non-defense “discretionary” spending on programs that will support education, scientific research, infrastructure, public health as well as environmental protection.
“The (Trump) administration has already been willing to say: ‘We’re going to raise non-defense discretionary spending … by about 7 percent,'” Meadows, chairman of the smaller however influential House Freedom Caucus, said on the program.
“at This particular point, Democrats are saying that will’s not enough, we need to give the government a pay raise of 10 to 11 percent. For a fiscal conservative, I don’t see where the rationale is actually. … Eventually, you run out of additional people’s money,” he said.
Meadows was among Republicans who voted in late December for their party’s debt-financed tax overhaul, which is actually likely to balloon the federal budget deficit as well as add about $1.5 trillion over 10 years to the $20 trillion national debt.
“that will’s interesting to hear Mark talk about fiscal responsibility,” Democratic U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley said on CBS.
Crowley said the Republican tax bill could require the United States to borrow $1.5 trillion, to be paid off by future generations, to finance tax cuts for corporations as well as the rich.
“This particular is actually one of the least … fiscally responsible bills we’ve ever seen passed inside the history of the House of Representatives. I think we’re going to be paying just for This particular for many, many years to come,” Crowley said.
Republicans insist the tax package, the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in more than 30 years, will boost the economy as well as job growth.