Walker on McConnell-Schumer Spending Deal: The Swamp Waters in DC Keep Rising
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today joined Harris Faulkner of Fox News to discuss a reported deal between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to combine Hurricane Harvey emergency aid funding with an increase in the debt limit and a continuing resolution spending bill.
You can watch Walker's interview above and read excerpts from the interview below:
FAULKNER: I understand that you have breaking news now on the Hurricane Harvey aid package. What is it, sir?
WALKER: Yes, we are just hearing that part of the Hurricane Harvey relief package, as it comes out of the Senate, will include or have tied to it, raising the debt ceiling, as well as a continuing resolution. For many of us that are arriving today, coming from a different homes throughout the country, this is a little unsettling and even more frustrating.
FAULKNER: Why is it happening?
WALKER: Well, we believe that that without knowing for sure, this looks like or appears this is a backroom deal between Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer. Just a few months ago we were asked to swallow a new spending bill. I was at a dinner one evening where Democrats basically said, "hey, we got everything we wanted." For Republicans, we have to be willing to hold the line when it comes to the out-of-control spending. Right now, there's $145,000 dollars of debt per household. If not now, then when? What will it be next year? The year after? It's very frustrating, Harris.
FAULKNER: Well, I can hear it in your voice. I know you're squeezed between meetings, because you just got that news and in a few minutes we're gonna go into a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan. I want to talk to you a little bit first of all about the news you just delivered on Harvey. There is one package that will go forth that I understand as clean. This will be the second chunk of money correct?
WALKER: That is correct.
FAULKNER: And now you consider that not to be clean. Is this the bipartisan you had in mind?
WALKER: No, listen, I lived in Houston for a couple of years, 25 years ago. My heart goes out to them as a former pastor. I have many pastor friends. But we shouldn't use this tragedy – to be able to make sure that we're taking care of people – tied with other things that conservatives and Republicans, as in general, have been pushing back again for nearly an entire year. When Steve Mnuchin came and met with the Republican Study Committee, we pushed back four months ago, when asked to just look the other way on a clean debt ceiling. You know we're grateful that in Texas the flood waters continue to recede, but here in the swamp, it looks like they continue to rise.