Leaders of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) announced Thursday that they oppose the three-month debt ceiling deal struck by President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
"While some have advocated for a 'clean' debt limit increase, this would simply increase the borrowing authority of the government while irresponsibly ignoring the urgency of reforms, said Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., the RSC chairman, in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan. "Worse yet is attaching the debt limit to legislation that continues the status quo or even worsens the trajectory on spending, such as the deal announced yesterday by the President and Congressional Leadership. The RSC Steering Committee opposes this proposal."
Trump struck the deal with Democrats in large part because Democrats will support the short-term extension, while it remains unclear what proposal Republicans could coalesce around. Republicans sought a longer extension, but groups like the RSC demand spending cuts in return for more federal borrowing authority, and the GOP has been split for years over what level, and what kind of cuts to put forward.