Dem. And GOP Still Bickering After Late Resolution
Rep. Morris Brooks (R-AL) and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) discussed their feelings on yesterday's late deal in temporally resolving the nation's debt.
Brooks believes that the event was bordering a train wreck, while Himes defending the resolution, saying that raising the debt ceiling won't increase U.S. debt, on CNBC's Squawk Box Thursday morning.
"There's a good way and a bad way to both reopen the government and to raise the debt ceiling. What happened last night was the absolute worst, most irresponsible way of doing it. In effect, what we have done is raise America's debt burden by half a trillion dollars [$500 billion] from May of this year through February of next year, and what did we get for it? We postponed the fight on the continuing resolution for two to three months and postponed the fight on raising the debt ceiling again for three to four months. So, that's a really bad bargain in anybody's book," said Brooks.
"Now, if I had the deciding vote, I would have said 'No' and then I would have done something responsible. I would have addressed the underlying cause of the problem, which are the deficits that are out of control."
Himes came back by expressing frustration in what he (and most of the nation) see as a government fundamentally divided in terms of set function and presence.
"Voting to raise the debt ceiling in no way increased the United States' debt. Now, by the way, if you want to work on a budget that actually determines the rate at which money comes in and the rate at which money goes out, I'm all for that. It is of course the Republicans who have refused to go to a budget conference and so, you know, we'd have those conversations, and it, but, but, look, the fundamental issue here is not that we're not paling around more. That would be -- that would make this place better," said Himes.
"The fundamental issue here is that you've got two fairly different visions for what the federal government should look like."
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