June 1, 2023
Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (CO-03) stated, “The House passing this so-called ‘deal’ was another example of the Swamp shoving a $6-plus trillion blank check for Biden down Americans’ throats. I testified before the House Rules Committee advocating for my seven amendments, but the Swamp refused to even have real debate on the 80 amendments filed, rammed this thing through with a closed rule, and completely bypassed everything we fought for in January as part of the Rules package changes that were implemented allow Members a voice.
“The American people are struggling with high gas prices, groceries, and other monthly expenses that were fueled by Democrats’ federal spending spree that caused record inflation. We had a real opportunity to significantly cut federal spending, restore some fiscal sanity to Washington D.C., and get our economy back on track. Unfortunately, this disastrous deal did none of those things. The Swamp did its old song and dance and pretended to listen to the American people, but as soon as the backroom deal was made, it was predetermined that it would pass. I certainly wasn’t afraid to vote against the bill, as I have been advocating against it all week. I voted against the rule to consider the bill, I advocated against it publicly, and I will continue to call out the Swamp for selling out our conservative principles and mortgaging the American dream.”
Despite liberal talking points about so-called “clean debt ceilings,” since 1985, the eight largest deficit-reduction laws were all attached to debt ceiling legislation. Congresswoman Boebert voted for the Limit, Save, Grow Act to responsibly raise the debt ceiling while cutting spending. While not perfect, the Limit, Save, Grow Act would have increased the debt ceiling by $1.5 trillion in exchange for real spending cuts and saving taxpayers $4.8 trillion. The American people supported this plan. Even CNN’s polling showed that 60% of Americans agreed that Congress should only raise the debt ceiling if it cuts spending at the same time. Additionally, just a dismal 35% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the federal budget.
The advertised $41 billion spending cut is insignificant as that is roughly the same amount the federal government is rescinding in unspent COVID funds that will be transferred to a Department of Commerce slush fund. Additionally, the so-called pay-as-you-go requirements is toothless as it allows Biden’s OMB Director to ignore this provision whenever she deems fit.
Additionally, the cut to the IRS is a total farce. Republicans promised to fully defund the $80 billion Biden allocated to create his new IRS army, but this bill only cuts $1.4 billion from the bloated IRS bureaucracy.
Shockingly, the bill suspends the debt limit through January 1, 2025, but doesn’t include a specific dollar figure, essentially providing a blank check for Joe Biden to continue his unilateral spending spree throughout the rest of his administration. The bill normalizes federal spending at the $6 trillion level as opposed to previous $4 trillion pre-COVID levels. That is $2 trillion more dollars we will likely spend each year because of this disastrous deal.