Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C) announced her decision to oppose the debt ceiling deal and slammed her party for getting “outsmarted” by President Joe Biden.
Biden and McCarthy announced the deal on Saturday night to raise the debt ceiling for two years, freeze spending on domestic programs, increase spending on defense and veterans issues and impose some new work requirements on federal food assistance programs.
On Tuesday, Mace tweeted that she would vote “no” on the legislation.
“This deal keeps record high spending intact and makes it the baseline for all spending,” Mace argued. “The bill doesn’t actually set a debt limit. Rather it suspends the debt limit entirely until Jan. 2, 2025 and there is no actual amount capping the debt ceiling.”
“Republicans got outsmarted by a President who can’t find his pants,” she added referring to Biden, who Republicans constantly try to paint as a doddering senior citizen with diminished mental capacity.
Mace joins a growing list of Republicans who are opposing the debt-ceiling deal. More than 15 House Republicans have so far said they are not on board with the legislation, including Reps. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Lauren Boebert (Colo.) and Chip Roy (Texas).
While Republicans are coming out against the deal, the New Democrat Coalition, a centrist group made up of about 100 Democrats, announced their support of the deal on Monday.
“Despite a divided government, President Biden has achieved a bipartisan agreement that will save our country from default until 2025 and protect our nation from economic collapse, while also preventing cuts to key programs that millions of Americans rely upon,” the group said in a statement. “New Dems will remain in close consultation with our partners in the administration to ensure that this bill gets to President Biden’s desk without unnecessary delay to protect the full faith and credit of the United States.”
Congress has until June 5 to address the debt ceiling to avoid a default, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.