Ted Cruz Baulks At Raising Debt Ceiling Without Spending Cuts

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, voiced his objection to raising the debt ceiling without budget cut requirements.

Pressed about his party’s history of raising the debt ceiling under Donald Trump with no budget cut requirements and his votes multiple times in the act, Senator Cruz argued that it was different then.

“It’s different because the magnitude of where the debt is massive,” Cruz said.

“You are right, during Donald Trump’s presidency, during COVID, Republicans and Democrats in a bipartisan way passed emergency COVID relief that was very expensive…What happened subsequently is you had Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi do a complete takeover of the federal government and they went on a spending binge. And all of that, that was predominantly hard partisan spending, trillions and trillions of dollars of hard Democrat objectives,” Cruz further said.

According to press reports, Congressional records have shown that Cruz voted in favor of raising the debt limit in 2017 and 2018.

He voted against it in 2019, which would have been the first year of a Democrat-controlled House after the 2018 midterm elections.

Reports have also shown that Congress raised the debt limit three times under Trump, in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Today, the Republicans continue to stand firm against raising the debt limit without a spending cut despite dire warnings that such a stance could put the U.S. at risk of defaulting on its debt and imperiling the world economy as early as June 1.

Republicans have also accused the Biden-led administration of risking a default over what they have called his unwillingness to entertain spending cuts.

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