Republicans claim they are “complicit” in the federal government’s out-of-control expenditures.

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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Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., told Fox News Digital that Republicans are "complicit" in runaway federal spending.

That increase in debt included several trillion in pandemic-related spending. Some congressional Republicans in the last couple of years also joined Democrats on bipartisan spending bills.

Experts told Fox News Digital that Trump signed into law closer to $580 billion during his first two years in office. And in total, Democrats’ biggest agenda items amounted to approximately $3.8 trillion or more in new spending in less than two years under Biden.

But Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, said he saw Republicans spending too much before the pandemic too.

“Both parties share some blame. I think the lion’s share of the damage done to the balance sheet is from big spending socialist Democrats,” Arrington said.

“But look, I came here in {2016} where we had single party rule with Republicans,” Arrington added. “Republican president, Republican House and Senate, and we did things like waive provisions to force us to pay for things. We blew through spending caps and restructured higher spending caps to get an omnibus spending package done.”

Rep. Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, said Republicans were spending too much money even before the pandemic.


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.

Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., told Fox News Digital that Republicans need "to look at their own house" on government spending.

“Everybody needs to look at their own house and we better clean it up. We can’t spend anymore,” Tuberville said. “I know President Trump spent a lot of money on COVID. But they spent money on other things. We’ve got to quit spending money.”


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