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House Freedom Caucus Threatens Reckoning Over Debt Limit Deal

Members of the staunchly conservative House Freedom Caucus have issued a stern warning to their Republican colleagues, vowing a "reckoning" if they support the debt limit deal recently negotiated by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and President Joe Biden. The deal, officially named the "Fiscal Responsibility Act," has ignited a fierce debate within the Republican Party.

Representative Chip Roy (R-Texas), speaking at a press conference in front of the Capitol on May 30, made the caucus's position abundantly clear: "Not one Republican should vote for this deal. It is a bad deal." Roy's comments reflect the sentiment of the Freedom Caucus, which believes that the agreement offers Republicans no significant concessions in exchange for adding an estimated $4 trillion to the national debt.

For months, Republicans have advocated for a responsible increase in the federal borrowing cap, advocating for a combination of increased borrowing and future spending cuts. Conversely, Democrats have insisted on a "clean" increase without any budget cuts attached.

The 99-page agreement, reached over the weekend, aims to suspend the federal borrowing cap until January 2025 to prevent an imminent default. House Speaker McCarthy and President Biden have both portrayed the deal as a compromise that addresses the pressing issue of the debt ceiling.

However, the Freedom Caucus remains steadfast in its opposition, arguing that the agreement falls short of their expectations. According to caucus members, the deal does not offer Republicans any substantial concessions and would contribute significantly to the growing national debt.

Rep. Roy warned, "At the end of the day, the only person that would default in this town is Joe Biden unless Republicans default on the American dream by voting for this bad bill. That is why this group will oppose it—we will continue to fight it today, tomorrow—and no matter what happens, there is going to be a reckoning about what just occurred unless we stop this bill by tomorrow."

The Freedom Caucus's strong opposition to the debt limit deal highlights the ongoing internal divisions within the Republican Party regarding fiscal responsibility and government spending. As the debate continues, it remains to be seen how this will impact the final outcome and whether the threat of a "reckoning" from the House Freedom Caucus will significantly influence their Republican colleagues' voting decisions.


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