(CNS News) -- When asked if President Joe Biden or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would ever balance the budget, Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said, “You have to balance your budget – right? -- every month, businesses have to, and the government’s going to have to eventually.”
He also stressed the Democrats’ “reckless government spending” is hurting the “poorest families in our country.”
At the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 22, 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, -- will President Biden or Speaker Pelosi ever balance the budget?”
Scott replied, “I’ve never seen them balance the budget. I mean, this is the craziest idea, you have to balance your budget – right? -- every month, businesses have to, and the government’s going to have to eventually. It doesn’t make any sense.”
“What the Democrats want us to do is just give them a blank check that they can borrow whatever they want to borrow,” said Scott. “Well, we’re already seeing inflation just hurting the poorest families in our country, and the people on fixed incomes, you know, the wages are not standing up with inflation.”
“I grew up in a poor family,” Scott continued, “I watched my mom struggle to put food on the table, and that’s exactly what the Democrats are doing to the poorest families in this country right now with this reckless government spending.”
According to the U.S. Treasury, the total outstanding public debt on Sept. 23 was $28.42 trillion.
Despite the deficit and the debt, 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 are now in 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.
The continuing resolution passed last week is separate legislation, and will fund the government only through Dec. 3. The $3.5 trillion package is still being hashed-out in the Senate, although approximately $1 trillion for infrastructure has been agreed upon.