Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized the bipartisan debt ceiling agreement on Monday, saying the country was still “on the way to bankruptcy”.
“Before this deal our country was heading for bankruptcy, and after this deal our country will continue to be heading for bankruptcy, and say you can do 4 trillion in raises in the next year and a half, I want say, it’s a massive expense,” DeSantis, who recently announced his 2024 presidential candidacy, said on “Fox & Friends.”
DeSantis’ comments come as the White House and Republican leaders in Congress reached an agreement in principle on Saturday night to raise the national debt ceiling, narrowly avoiding a default just days before the scheduled June 5 deadline. . President Joe Biden and President Kevin McCarthy must now work to secure the necessary support from their respective parties in Congress.
The deal lifts the debt ceiling and keeps spending flat until the 2024 presidential election, while allowing non-military spending to increase by 1% in 2025. The deal would also take back billions of dollars of unspent Covid-19 relief funds that Congress has authorized since 2020.
Republicans have been highly critical of the deal, with Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) calling the deal a “shitty sandwich” and Rep. Ralph Norman (RS.C.) saying it was “madness”. The message from the White House to Democrats skeptical of the debt ceiling deal is that it could have been much worse.
“I think we’ve put ourselves on a trajectory here, really, since March 2020 with some of the Covid spending and totally resetting the budget, and they’re sticking to that, and I think it’s just going to be totally inadequate for put us in a better place,” DeSantis said.
Other candidates for the 2024 Republican nomination, including DeSantis’ most formidable opponent, former President Donald Trump, have yet to weigh in on the deal.