Senator Rick Scott is Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
(Republican) Senator Rick Scott suggested voters "pick people you would hire";
won't commit to hiring fellow GOP candidates.
Published August 7, 2022
Mon 23 Jan, 2023 10:09 pm
Steve Forbes rips Speaker McCarthy's push for the Fair Tax, claiming that this move is actually a
massive political gift to progressive Democrats who can use it as an easy attack on (Republicans).
Published January 19, 2023
Mon 23 Jan, 2023 10:17 pm
The McCarthy deal with the MAGA members of his conference included bringing a vote on the Fair Tax Act to the floor,
an asinine plan from right wing extremists which would eliminate all taxes for billionaires to be replaced by a massive
increase in taxes on the middle and lower classes. Meidas Contributor Troy breaks down the political disaster facing
WASHINGTON — Republicans, newly empowered with a House majority, are demanding spending cuts as a price for lifting the debt ceiling and averting a catastrophic default on U.S. debt.
But they’re struggling to identify what to cut, complicating Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s task of passing a bill with his narrow majority.
“There’s gotta be cuts in spending. That has to happen,” said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., an ally of McCarthy, R-Calif., and the far right.
But she declined to get specific when she was asked what should be cut.
“I haven’t really formulated an exact list,” she said.
Republicans are divided over whether Medicare and Social Security spending should be on the chopping block. They’re split over whether military funding should be on the table. They’re firmly opposed to new tax revenues to reduce the debt. They say they’re willing to cut domestic non-defense spending, but that’s a limited slice of the budget pie that wouldn't fulfill many conservatives’ demands to balance the budget.
The looming June 5 deadline set by the Treasury Department presents a potentially career-defining challenge for McCarthy, who must balance a series of competing interests in his slim House majority with the need to ultimately pass a bill through the Democratic-led Senate and gain President Joe Biden’s signature to avert dire economic consequences.
“The first question is what can get out of there with 218 Republican votes,” said Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who served with McCarthy in the House. “And that’s Kevin’s challenge.
“We’ll see what they can come up with. The burden of governing — the weight of that burden is starting to be felt by people over there,” Cramer said. “But at the end of the day, we’d rather have our fingerprint on a success than failure. That’s my hope. And I think Kevin should be given a lot of time and room to do that.”
Failure to act in time could mean a stock market crash and a recession, a weaker dollar and higher interest rates and a government forced to make grueling choices, like whether to pay creditors or fund the Defense Department and send out Social Security checks.
House GOP hard-liners, including those who withheld their votes to make McCarthy speaker until they won a series of concessions and promises, are demanding fiscal discipline in the abstract.
“I have said since I first ran that I would not vote for a debt ceiling increase apart from the cuts in spending that would put us on a path to fiscal responsibility,” said Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., who declined to elaborate on what specifically that would look like.
Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., who landed a seat on the powerful Rules Committee, said he wants to see “a downward trajectory” in long-term spending as part of any increase in the debt ceiling.
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., another of the 20 initial McCarthy holdouts, said a debt limit bill should have an amendment to balance the budget over 10 years to win her vote.
Luna said she wants to do it without tax increases or Social Security or Medicare cuts. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” she said.
Experts say that if those programs, as well as Pentagon spending — a sacred cow for many Republicans — are untouched, it becomes practically impossible to balance the budget in a decade.
So do they just want the words, not any actual cuts?