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Haley Campaign Press Release - Voters Should Know DeSantis-Trump Record on Increasing Debt

May 30, 2023

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As Congress considers once again raising the national debt limit without any major restraints on future spending, it's worth remembering that just five years ago Congressman Ron DeSantis voted for a debt increase deal and President Donald Trump signed it into law.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was opposed by leading fiscal conservative groups and by 67 House Republicans but was supported by both DeSantis and Trump.

FreedomWorks said this about the bill DeSantis and Trump supported:

"The Schumer-McConnell spending deal, the Bipartisan Budget Act, is the worst-case scenario for fiscal conservatives under a Democratic president and Democrat-controlled Congress, but it is happening under a Republican president and Republican Congress. This is reckless spending, and a massive tax hike on future generations, made under the guise of 'bipartisan negotiations.' This is deceitful, aggressive overspending by those elected to protect taxpayers. Leaving Americans with higher budget deficits likely over $1 trillion, and a national debt that will balloon to over $21 trillion, is no way to govern, and its weight falls squarely on the shoulders of taxpayers. This deal makes clear that Republicans only care about deficits and out-of-control federal spending under a Democratic president. With a Republican president and Republican control of the House and Senate, there is no other conclusion that one can possibly draw."

Heritage Action said this:

"Providing another debt limit suspension in conjunction with a massive spending increase is a mistake. The suspension could allow America to take on more than $1 trillion in additional debt over the next 13 months. Adding to the problem, the bill's offsets are essentially gimmicks designed to give the perception of some fiscal restraint without actually providing any meaningful reforms."

Club for Growth scored against the bill.

In response to the current bipartisan debt increase proposal, presidential candidate Nikki Haley said:

"The best way to fix Washington's spending addiction is to elect people who have not been part of the problem. Adding at least $4 trillion to America's $31 trillion national debt over two years without substantially cutting spending is no way to run our country's fiscal affairs. Business as usual won't get the job done."

Nikki Haley, Haley Campaign Press Release - Voters Should Know DeSantis-Trump Record on Increasing Debt Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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