Romney: ‘I Will Not Be Voting in Favor’ of Budget Deal

By Liam Sigler | August 1, 2019 | 11:15am EDT
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
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( – When asked about the budget deal passed by the House of Representatives last week, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) said he disagreed with the proposal, which raises the debt ceiling until mid-2021, and he would not vote for it.

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, July 30, asked Senator Romney, “The recent budget deal passed by the House last week allows the government to borrow a limitless amount of money until July 31, 2021. Do you support that?”

The senator replied, “I am not in favor of the deal they have proposed and I will not be voting in favor of it.”

Even though 132 House Republicans opposed the bill that was introduced by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), with the agreement of President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), it passed by a margin of 284-149.

The 284 who voted for it included 219 Democrats and 65 Republicans. The 149 who voted against it included 132 Republicans, 16 Democrats and 1 Independent. President Trump had strongly encouraged Republicans to vote for the bill.

The conservative House Freedom Caucus, on the other hand, staunchly opposed the budget deal and said in a statement, “Our country is undeniably headed down a path of fiscal insolvency and rapidly approaching $23 trillion in debt. This is completely unsustainable, and we owe taxpayers and future generations better. We should be working together on a bipartisan basis to cut spending and balance our budget—or, at bare minimum, holding to the existing spending caps to prevent a significant problem from becoming even worse.”

As reported last week, “The deal will increase discretionary federal spending in the next two fiscal years by $320 billion above the levels set in a legislative deal to lift the debt limit that was made in 2011 between then-President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans.

(U.S. Treasury Department.) 

“For the next two years, under this legislation, the federal government will not only be able to spend more on discretionary programs (including both Defense and non-Defense programs) but will also be able to borrow a limitless amount of money.”

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