WASHINGTON, D.C. – There’s good and bad with the recent passing of the debt ceiling in the U.S. House and Senate.
U.S. Congressman Dan Meuser (R-9th, Dallas, Pa.) told WKOK’s On The Mark Friday, he voted for the bill despite criticism of the deal from both sides, “We have to pass the most conservative bill we can with a Biden White House. It saves about $100 billion a year, it has spending caps on it, it ends the Student Loan pause. It basically forces the Democrats to the table. That’s huge. It puts us in the driver’s seat on where those funds are going to go.”
Cong. Meuser said the bill has ’10 or 11 conservative wins,’ including spending being reduced by over $200 billion over the next two years, “When we were running deficits, which we’re going to continue to do, I’m not going to deny that. But last year, we overspent by $1.5 trillion. Next year, it will be considerably less. It’s progress. Not mission accomplished by any means, but it is progress.”
Meuser says the bill also includes 20-hour work requirements for SNAP benefits for anyone 18-55 without dependents and no ailments.
In the US Senate, four Democrats, including U.S. Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) voted against the bill, joining and some independents and 31 Republicans voting ‘no.’
You can hear more reaction from U.S. Congressman Dan Meuser on the WKOK.com Podcast Page or wherever you listen to podcasts.