After President Trump made a deal with Democrat leaders to tie Hurricane Harvey disaster aid to a government funding extension, the largest Republican caucus in the House shot off a letter condemning it.
In a letter sent to speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said it is important for members to be actively communicating with leadership about how to ensure the debt limit can be raised.
Walker wrote: “While some have advocated for a “clean” debt limit increase, this would simply increase the borrowing authority of the government while irresponsibly ignoring the urgency of reforms. Worse yet is attaching the debt limit to legislation that continues the status quo or even worsens the trajectory on spending, such as the deal announced yesterday by the President and Congressional Leadership. The RSC Steering Committee opposes this proposal.”
Walker then included a list of options on how the debt limit could be raised, that would secure additional Republican votes. His list included options for “meaningful measures to address the growing debt burden,” and another list of optional “reforms to begin draining the swamp and restoring Constitutionalism.”
The Hill noted that conservatives have long maintained that increases to the debt limit should only be tied to spending reforms.
However, President Trump shocked Republicans by siding with Democrats on Wednesday, in a meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, agreeing to their demands for a three-month debt-limit extension that was tied to the aid bill for Hurricane Harvey.
“For many years, people have been talking about getting rid of [the] debt ceiling altogether,” Trump told reporters Thursday. “And there are a lot of good reasons to do that, so certainly that’s something that will be discussed. We even discussed it at the meeting that we had yesterday.”
“We have a great respect for the sanctity of the debt ceiling,” Trump said. “Chuck does and Nancy does and we all do. So, that will never be a problem.”
Below is the letter from Rep. Walker.
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