Conservatives were not happy after President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he had struck a budget deal with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The president lauded the bipartisan agreement between him, Pelosi, McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), calling it a “real compromise.”
“I am pleased to announce that a deal has been struck with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – on a two-year Budget and Debt Ceiling, with no poison pills,” tweeted Trump.
“This was a real compromise in order to give another big victory to our Great Military and Vets!” he added.
….This was a real compromise in order to give another big victory to our Great Military and Vets!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2019
The agreement’s details were arranged between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The deal is for $1.37 trillion and will suspend the debt ceiling until the end of July 2021 while allowing for $320 billion in spending for domestic programs and the Pentagon.
The news was not as celebrated by conservatives, however, with many not pulling any punches as they blasted the deal.
Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) tweeted out a gif of The Joker from Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” burning a pile of money before following it up with another tweet declaring the United States’ credit card as being “maxed out.”
Budget deal. pic.twitter.com/PHa754iGRJ
— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) July 22, 2019
“Our credit card is maxed out,” he wrote in the follow-up. “What this budget deal does is ask the credit card company for another $320 billion in credit NOW for the chance to get paid back $75 billion in a decade. No bank would take that. American taxpayers shouldn’t either.”
The debt ceiling is here again. Our credit card is maxed out. What this budget deal does is ask the credit card company for another $320 billion in credit NOW for the chance to get paid back $75 billion in a decade. No bank would take that. American taxpayers shouldn’t either.
— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) July 23, 2019
Mark Levin decried the deal as “destroying future generations of America.”
Destroying future generations of America https://t.co/kJtlNkf3cn
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) July 23, 2019
Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) — an outspoken critic of Trump — gave his thoughts, as well.
I’m so glad we have a Republican President. I mean, no way would a Republican President sign a budget deal that dramatically increases spending, dramatically increases the debt, and eliminates all spending caps, right?
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 22, 2019
FreedomWorks — a conservative advocacy group — went as far to say that “fiscal conservatives are nearing extinction.”
We've seen only a handful of Congressional Republicans come out against the Mnuchin-Pelosi budget deal.
— FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks) July 23, 2019
Republican freshman Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) — a member of the House Freedom Caucus — said that he was “on board” with getting conservatives together to kill the bill.
Another Freedom Caucus member claimed that Trump would “have set the record” in terms of the “largest” federal spending increases in our nation’s history.
“President Trump will have set the record for the largest increases in federal spending in the history of our country, surpassing George W. Bush’s Republican record,” they said.
Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) — the leaders of the House Freedom Caucus and allies to Trump — announced that they will both be voting against the deal and have called for a caucus meeting on Tuesday to discuss the measure, according to Politico.