“Instead of addressing our financial problems, Congress put forth a bill that merely postpones another fiscal calamity,” Rice said. “I could not support this bill because it allows the government to run up our nation’s credit card, ignore the ballooning cost of our entitlement programs and does not make America more competitive.”
Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a second-term Indian Land Republican, said the deal was “full of pork,” such as extra money to build a dam in Kentucky and more flood relief funds for Colorado.
Mulvaney said the legislation also didn’t lessen what he described as inequities in Obama’s landmark health care law, which he said provides extra subsidies to some large corporations and insurance companies, as well as to members of Congress and their aides.
“The agreement did nothing to address our nation’s addiction to spending,” Mulvaney said. “We have now raised the debt ceiling (by) over $1 trillion this year, without a penny of future savings. This deal allows lawmakers to postpone making the tough choices to get our fiscal house in order.”
Rep. Mark Sanford, a former South Carolina governor who replaced Scott in the House this year, said the legislation contradicted his 20-year fight against the expansion of government spending.
“It does nothing to address our national debt or our spending trajectory,” Sanford said. “It doesn’t make progress towards confronting the ballooning deficits that await us around the corner.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy, a second-term Spartanburg Republican, said the measure “falls short of what we could have done and what we should have done.”
Rep. Jeff Duncan, a Laurens Republican also in his second term, said the deal “did not do enough to address the real problems at hand.” He accused Obama of leadership failures by refusing to negotiate with Republicans for weeks and by cutting off funding to programs to score political points.