U.S. Sen Tommy Tuberville said he is against the debt ceiling agreement because it doesn’t do enough to address the out of control spending in Washington.
The bill, brokered between House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden, would suspend the debt ceiling limit through 2025 and caps spending at current levels through 2024. The agreement also repurposes some of the unspent COVID19 response funding, and adds work requirements to food stamp benefits.
Tuberville discussed his opposition to the deal Wednesday on WVNN’s “The Dale Jackson Show.”
“I’m a no, it’s a terrible deal,” Tuberville (R-Auburn) said. “If there is something good about it, we’re going to get off the subject and say we’re not going to close our government down. We’re going to pay our debts … that’s going to happen.”
One of the issues the senator has with the bill is it doesn’t just raise the debt limit, it completely suspends it until 2025.
“If there was $1.5 trillion … in increasing the debt limit, I’d be fine with it,” he said. “But $4 trillion, and there’s really not a limit in that … they got all these ways around that.
“They can shuffle the decks up here and spend what they want, but if we could limit this to a certain amount, we’ve got to cut spending.”
Tuberville said there just aren’t many victories for Republicans in this legislation.
“They just want to raise the debt limit, that’s just what they want to do, they just want to be able to spend over the amount that we want to allow them to do it, and Republicans they got a little out of it,” he said. “We still have the 87,000 IRS agents. The Supreme Court is going to kick this deal out about paying off school debts … so that probably shouldn’t even been in there. So there’s really not a lot of wins in there for Republicans.”
The main message Tuberville has for those outraged at the debt is to vote for those who are willing to stand up against it.
“Elections have consequences,” he said. “And we have no control over it. The animals are running the zoo, and it’s just out of control. They could care less, and they’re just a bunch of socialists.
“It’s absolutely amazing as I see it through my own eyes as someone who loves this country.”
The bill passed out of the House Rules Committee Tuesday and faces other procedural hurdles before it will be voted on by the full House.