Conservative Rep. Chip Roy blasted the tentative debt dealing deal between House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Biden, calling it a “turd-sandwich.”
Chip Roy pushed back against the claim McCarthy made that “more than 95 percent of all those in the conference were very excited” about the debt deal.
“1st – the leadership playbook is to line up cheerleading on phone calls to demonstrate ‘unity.’ 2nd, not 95% – I know of more no’s than that already,” Chip Roy tweeted.
“3rd – they haven’t been educated yet on what a turd-sandwich this ‘deal’ is. They will be,” Roy added.
Roy also said the Republican argument that Democrats got nothing from the deal.
As The Hill noted:
The deal, struck Saturday between McCarthy and Biden, would raise the debt ceiling for two years and cap spending in order to avert a national default. It includes no budget caps after 2025 and makes certain adjustments to work requirements for certain government assistance programs.
The conservative Texas lawmaker additionally argued on Twitter that the agreement included “basically no cuts” by freezing spending levels and was critical the deal did not accomplish more. He also said the deal failed to eliminate the clean energy tax incentives included in the Inflation Reduction Act, did not include work requirements for Medicaid recipients, and did not address border security – which Roy argued “will remove all leverage we have to force action on the border.” He also criticized the deal for leaving in place most of the funding for the IRS.
Roy joined other Republicans pushing back against McCarthy’s embrace of the deal as a victory for the GOP.
“We’re going to try” to stop the bill from passing, Roy tweeted earlier Sunday.
McCarthy tweeted Sunday that it was “a new day in Congress.”
“Republicans are changing the direction of Washington with a responsible debt limit that cuts spending, re-establishes work requirements, and claws back tens of billions in unspent COVID funds,” McCarthy added.
The Republican House Speaker also dismissed threats of opposition within his own party:
“This is a good strong bill that a majority of Republicans will vote for,” the California Republican told reporters in the U.S. Capitol.
“You’re going to have Republicans and Democrats be able to move this to the president.”
As Reuters reported, To win the speaker’s gavel, McCarthy agreed to enable any single House member to call for a vote to unseat him, potentially making him vulnerable to ouster by disgruntled Republicans. The speaker said he was “not at all” concerned about that possibility.
Republicans control the House by 222-213, while Democrats control the Senate by 51-49. These narrow margins mean that moderates from both sides will have to support the bill if the compromise loses the support of the far left and far right wings of each party.