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Top Conservative Rails Against Getting Rid Of Debt Ceiling

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio blasted the idea of ending votes on the debt ceiling during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” arguing the country needs to get its spending under control.

The Ohio Republican’s comments come shortly after reports that President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are discussing striking a deal to do away congressional debt-ceiling votes.

Jordan — one of the top conservative voices in the House — likened the proposal to giving a young adult an unlimited credit card.

“Well, that’s — yes, that’s a — ‘that’s a bad idea. I mean, again, you go back to the example of the — your college son has got the credit card. He — he wants to say, I want to raise the limit, dad, and I don’t want to even — have to even talk to you about it,” he told host Chris Wallace. ”  I think that is just a — but particularly when you have the debt burden that we currently have. So that — that is a — a bad idea.”

The former House Freedom Caucus chairman noted the country currently holds $20 trillion in debt, adding he recently proposed to the GOP conference they cap spending at a percentage of GDP while raising the debt ceiling. Jordan said Republicans need to do more to address the underlying problem.

A number of members of the House Freedom Caucus were highly critical of legislation passed Friday linking the debt ceiling increase with a must-pass Hurricane Harvey relief package. Conservatives had long pushed for spending cuts to be attached to any legislation increasing the federal borrowing limit, putting them at odds with the administration calling for a clean hike.

Trump struck a last-minute deal with Democrats on Wednesday, attaching the short-term debt ceiling increase along with hurricane aide much the dismay of Republican lawmakers. Congress is slated to hold another debt ceiling vote in December.

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