Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah decried the debt ceiling deal that President Donald Trump made with congressional Democrats, calling it “bad policy” to tie the national debt and spending to a hurricane relief package.
“It’s bad policy to tie debt ceiling increases with hurricane relief bills, with spending bills. When you lump all these decision into one, the lines of accountability from each elected official back to his or her constituents gets blurred,” Lee said Tuesday on Fox News.
The senator said that getting “accustomed” to packaging everything together sets bad future precedent for Congress.
“Any time we get accustomed to lumping everything into one, it’s going to be more difficult the next time to decouple them,” he said. “It’s one of the reasons why we shouldn’t get into this practice in the first place. And one of the reasons why I hope we’ll do it differently next time.”
Lee added that the current tax code is unacceptable and disproportionately harms citizens for getting married and having children.
“We have a tax code that punishes people for getting married. We also have a tax code that punishes people for having children. I’ve brought forward a proposal I’ve worked on with Senator Marco Rubio and also with Ivanka Trump that would end the parent tax penalty, and I hope that’s included in any package,” Lee said.
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