House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on April 19 unveiled legislation to increase the nation’s debt ceiling by $1.5 trillion or until March 31, 2024, whichever comes first.
At the same time, the measure would return discretionary spending to 2022 levels, limit spending growth to 1 percent per year, take back unspent COVID-19 relief funds, repeal certain tax credits, reinstate work requirements for many people on public assistance, and remove barriers to increased production of domestic energy.
If enacted, the Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023 would allay concerns about a possible default on U.S. obligations but push a more permanent resolution of the debt crisis into the election season.
McCarthy reportedly intends to bring the bill to a vote sometime next week. However, it’s unclear if Republicans can muster the 218 votes needed for passage in the narrowly divided House.
While Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas), chair of the House Committee on the Budget, has been hammering out the details of the measure, some in the party have said gaining passage of any fiscal proposal will be difficult in the 118th Congress.
“It’s not going to be easy. Every dollar spent has an advocate up here,” Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) said in an April 18 interview with NTD, sister media outlet to The Epoch Times.
The budget committee has fielded more than 500 amendments offered by House members, suggesting cuts to each agency, according to Norman.
President Joe Biden sharply criticized the Republican plan based on details revealed in a speech that McCarthy gave at the New York Stock Exchange on April 17.
“I’m here in this union hall with you, while just two days ago, the Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy went to Wall Street to describe the MAGA economic vision for America,” Biden told a group of union workers in Accokeek, Maryland.