Speaker McCarthy Says President Biden’s Budget ‘Dead on Arrival’ in House

On Thursday, President Joe Biden unveiled his new $6.8 trillion budget. In addition to more military spending, the White House maintains it will cut nearly $3 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. Taxes would also go up on the rich, in part, to fund new social programs for the middle and lower class.

His proposal falls into four main categories: deficit reduction, lower costs for families, protecting and strengthening Medicare and Social Security, and investing in America.

Republicans say it’s unnecessary to raise taxes as the president has suggested. The key, they say, is to cut spending.

“If you look at the revenue that’s coming into America today, it’s higher than any 50-year average. But our expenses are much higher and if you look since (Biden’s) been in office, the added $6 trillion, the 30 percent increase in discretionary spending, just in the last four years, that has been a real challenge and I think that’s where the real problem lies,” said House Speaker Kevin McCarthy when asked Wednesday about the president’s upcoming budget announcement.

As Congress argues over how to bring down the national debt, both sides agree something must be done. U.S. debt currently sits at $32 trillion and is expected to reach $50 trillion by 2030.

“In the next 10 years, Americans will pay $10.5 trillion in interest on our debt. Now to put that in perspective, since 1940 until today, America has only paid $9 trillion in interest. So the next 10 years, we’ll pay more than we paid the last 80 years,” said McCarthy.