Mead­ows warns against ‘clean’ debt bill

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

A lead­ing con­gres­sional con­ser­va­tive said Repub­li­cans must not ap­prove a “clean” debt in­crease later this year, say­ing it would be a be­trayal of piled-up prom­ises to vot­ers to fi­nally get a han­dle on the fed­eral bud­get.

Rep. Mark Walker, chair­man of the House Repub­li­can Study Com­mit­tee, said the GOP must flex its mus­cle from con­trol­ling both cham­bers of Congress and the White House and in­sist that any debt hike be cou­pled with some new con­trols to con­vince vot­ers the prob­lem is be­ing taken se­ri­ously.

The North Carolina con­gress­man, in an op-ed in the Wash­ing­ton Ex­am­iner, also warned GOP lead­ers against turn­ing to Democrats to pass a debt in­crease by load­ing it up “with even more in­creased spend­ing.”

“Ul­ti­mately, we need to take in­cre­men­tal steps to our ul­ti­mate goal: to elim­i­nate the need for a debt ceil­ing in­crease at all. Ideally, we should not have to vote for a debt ceil­ing in­crease be­cause the gov­ern­ment lives within its means and pro­duces a sur­plus,” Mr. Walker wrote.

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