Debt Bill Deal Satisfies Neither Side

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As default day draws closer, both progressives and conservatives are voicing discontent over the tentative deal negotiated by President Joe Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Many times previously the United States has crawled right up to the debt default deadline, and it once again faces the paths of narrowly avoiding default or risking global economic crisis.

As the deal’s passage remains uncertain, retirees are making contingency plans for missed checks. Financial markets internationally are preparing for a freeze. And the stock market is bracing for a plunge that could erase trillions in household wealth.

McCarthy has portrayed his negotiations as successful despite the final result falling well short of cuts the party sought.

The White House has been in contact with lawmakers who aren’t yet prepared to excuse the concessions made.

McCarthy said on Sunday the plan “doesn’t get everything everybody wanted” but that should be expected. The 99-page bill was made public Sunday and McCarthy has pledged to abide by the 72 hour posting rule before calling for a vote, which would put the earliest chance at Wednesday, just five days before the projected default date of June 5th.

Progressives Outraged at Concessions

Progressive Democrats have voiced frustration over new work requirements for two government assistance programs, Temporary Assistant for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

They also say the White House kept its negotiations far too private and limited discussion to its inner circle, including the full 24 hours it waited after the deal was announced to explain it to the full Democratic caucus.

“I don’t think they’ve done a good job about communicating with members about what’s been happening,” said one Democrat House member to Politico. “People want to know why Republicans were briefed at 9:30 p.m. [Saturday] and we’re not being briefed till 5 o’clock [Sunday].”

Conservatives Concerned Cuts Aren’t Enough

With the first passage vote set for Wednesday, a number of Republicans expect it to fail and negotiations to continue.

“This is the beginning,” Representative Stephanie Bice (R-OK) said Monday. “We’ve certainly wanted to see additional cuts in spending. Whether we can get that across the finish line through the appropriations process, it remains to be seen.”

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the package will cut about $2.1 trillion if its funding caps stay in place for six years.

Representative Ralph Norman (R-SC) has called the deal “insanity” in light of the current nearly $31.5 trillion in federal debt.

Republican presidential candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also weighed in, saying, “Prior to this deal, our country was careening towards bankruptcy, and after this deal, our country will still be careening towards bankruptcy.”

Former President Donald Trump, as well as the other 2024 candidates, have yet to weigh in since the details of the deal were announced.


  1. Middle of the road. Fence sitters. God doesn’t even like those who are “neither hot nor cold”. This is a prime example of what moderates do. They “get something done” even though it is almost always crapola & then they pat themselves on the back & feel good about themselves &, after all, THAT is what the entire endeavor is about. Feeling good!

    • You are correct; Jesus declared of such persons, who will not stand for anything, and thus fall for everything: ” I will spew them out of my mouth!”. It would behoove our Congress critters, and others in gov’t, to read all Yhwh God has to say about those on the left, and those on the right, not just politically, but in all aspects of life, and to do some very serious and honest soul searching, assuming they can still find their souls, of course. I fear it may be too late for that for many among them, that their master may already have collected on their debt to him. “Those who have eyes to see, and ears to hear, let them see and hear” before it’s too late; time is very sort now.

    • I agree, McCarty gave into the Demoncrats to support their spending habits, especially the IRS 87 thousand who will come after the middle class conservatives
      business owners and people that just get by. Truth is if the 8k IRS employees are hired who are they going to review, their aren’t that many people over 400K so who will they to reiew??????

  2. There are factions in this country that think money is just something that materializes and they can spend infinitely. (hint hint…Joe Biden, Democrats, Republicans, Agencies, okay just everyone). However, there still is the sane and the oblivious to add to the mix. What category do most of us fall into; the selfish, the oblivious, the entitled, the responsible, the needy? At what point do any of these categories fall into reality? Well, we are experiencing that right now. Sanity and responsibility have fallen to the lowest point of reality. We taxpayers are so screwed!!!

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