Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) explained to CNBC on Monday that the Republicans have no choice but to hold the debt ceiling hostage, even if it means destroying the economy.
Squawk Box host Andrew Sorkin asked the House GOP Budget Committee chairman, “The question that I’d ask you is whether you think this debt ceiling is going to be used as a bargaining chip in a way that could turn dangerous?”
Arrington made it clear: “I believe it will and I believe it has to.”
His colleague, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) has already said that he wants to use the debt ceiling crisis to usher in border security spending.
The House was already dealing with its own infighting after the far-right side of the House demanded dramatic cuts to Social Security and Medicare. It became big news, making the GOP look as if “they want to kill grandma,” said one Democratic Senator. Finally, this week, Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that those cuts are off the table.
President Joe Biden has demanded a “clean bill,” with no conditions attached, saying that if Republicans want to negotiate cuts they can propose their own plans and bills, but that the country shouldn’t be held hostage in the interim.
See Arrington in the video below or at this link.
u201cThere you have itu2026nn@andrewrsorkin: u201cThe question that Iu2019d ask you is whether you think this debt ceiling is going to be used as a bargaining chip in a way that could turn dangerous?u201dnnHouse GOP Budget Chair @RepArrington: u201cI believe it will and I believe it has to.u201du201d
— Jesse Lee (@Jesse Lee)