(CNS News) -- When asked when President Joe Biden or Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would take action to balance the budget, Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said he believes they want to pursue “reckless spending” because they do not care “about the size of the debt.”
At the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, CNS News asked the senator, “The federal deficit through the first 11 months of this fiscal year was $2.7 trillion and the federal debt is now over $28 trillion, when will President Biden and Speaker Pelosi balance the budget?”
Barrasso responded, “Well, you probably ought to ask the Democrats.”
In a follow-up question, CNS News asked, “Do you believe they’ll take any action to?”
The senator said, “No, I think they want to do reckless spending, I don’t think they care at all about the size of the debt. They don’t seem to care that it undermines Social Security and Medicare. This is just the reckless Democrat, socialistic approach. This is Bernie Sanders’ socialist budget.”
According to the U.S. Treasury, the total outstanding public debt on Sept. 20 was $28.42 trillion.
Despite these numbers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pushed the $3.5 trillion spending blueprint through the House in late August, reported the Wall Street Journal. The Democrat victory was a party-line vote, 220-212.
Due to the bill’s passing, the Democrats will begin the reconciliation process which allows them to pass a “broad package of healthcare, education and climate provisions in the Senate without GOP support, so long as all 50 Democratic senators back it” wrote the Journal.
However, keeping the support of all 50 Democratic senators may prove difficult, as Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kirsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have expressed concerns about the bill’s price tag.