Sen. Scott: ‘I’m Not Going to Vote in Favor’ of Budget Bill

Mark Jennings | August 1, 2019 | 12:35pm EDT
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Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( – When asked about the budget deal passed by the House of Representatives last week, Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said he is very concerned about the $22 trillion national debt and he will not vote to support the budget plan, which is backed by President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Claif.), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

At the U.S. Capitol, asked the senator, “The House of Representatives just passed a bill which allows unlimited borrowing until July of 2021. Do you plan on voting for this bill?”

Sen. Scott replied, “I know a lot of people worked really hard to get this done: Steve Mnuchin, President Trump, Mitch McConnell and Richard Shelby, and I appreciate the focus on making sure we fund our military, which is important to me.”

“But I’m worried about the $22 trillion dollars’ worth of debt,” said Scott.  “So I’m not going to vote in favor of this bill.”

The conservative House Freedom Caucus staunchly opposes 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.

“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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