NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! After astronomical deficits and new expenditure under the former President Donald Trump, several congressional Republicans claim that their party is at least largely to blame for the federal government’s out-of-control spending.
Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., responded to a question on whether Republicans should take responsibility for high spending, a problem they frequently blame Democrats for, by saying, “Republicans are complicit.”
She continued, “Republicans need to take responsibility for their actions and reclaim the Republican Party as the party of budgetary restraint. It seems as though we have lost sight of our Republican identity.
The national debt was almost $20 trillion when former President Donald Trump took office in 2017, when the GOP controlled both the House and the Senate. There were around $27 trillion at the time Trump left office.
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Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., countered that the epidemic makes it unfair to judge GOP spending patterns by what occurred under Trump.
“It’s a misconception to some extent about the spending under Trump because so much of that—I’d say the great bulk of that—took place in 2020 when we really didn’t know what we were dealing with,” he said, referring to the epidemic. “So that’s a bit of a stretch, in my opinion.”
Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., added that while Republicans’ record should be qualified by their epidemic spending, there is still space for improvement.