Rep. Jim Jordan on Debt Ceiling Deal: What Options Did the President Have?

By Melanie Arter | September 11, 2017 | 3:37pm EDT
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) (Screenshot of Fox News video)

( - Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, told “Fox News Sunday” that the deal that President Donald Trump struck with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) last week on the debt ceiling was not “a good deal for the American taxpayer,” but Trump didn’t have many options in front of him at the time.

“I don't think this is a good deal for the American taxpayer. We didn't do anything to address the underlying $20 trillion debt problem, but frankly, what options did the president have in front of him?” Jordan said.“The first time the Republican Conference talked about the debt ceiling was Wednesday morning, and the Freedom Caucus, we had called for nine and a half weeks ago.


“We did a press conference and said, don't leave town until you actually have a plan on the debt ceiling and outline the tax reform plan that we are going to do and until we deal with health care, and instead, we went home for the longest August recess in a non-election year, longest break in the non-election year for more than the last decade,” he said.

“So, the break was even longer than some breaks you have in an election year. You know how politicians like to be home at election time. So, that was -- we should have stayed here and put together a plan,” Jordan added.

Jordan said the Freedom Caucus offered ideas like capping spending at the percentage of GDP and raising the debt ceiling.

“So, the problem is we didn't address the underlying problem. The problem wasn’t a three-month, six-month time frame. You know, I learned a long time ago that when you fail to prepare, you get a bad outcome, and that's what happened here,” he said.

When asked whether it was good or bad for the Trump agenda to give Democrats more leverage when it comes to tax cuts, immigration, and Obamacare, Jordan said, “I don't look at it that way. I look at it -- is it a good or bad for the American people?

“You know, I say this all the time. Our job is pretty basic. What did we tell the American people were going to do at election time? What they did elect us here, send us here to accomplish? Let's focus on that. So, I don't think it's good for the American taxpayer. I don’t think it’s good for the American people. That to me is the focus,” he said.

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