Since the purpose of the shutdown was to force the Democrats to cough up money for Trump's crazy wall, a story that popped up today related to the wall belongs here.
Texas Republican Chip Roy voted against a $18 billion disaster aid bill that had bipartisan support BECAUSE if did not have any funding for the "clear national emergency and humanitarian crisis we have at our southern border" (his words, not mine).He's also concerned about adding $100 million an hour to the national debt.
It's not surprising that a Republican from Texas would have crazy thoughts (how else could you explain Louie Gohmert and Ted Cruz?). This guy goes one stop further, since he is a member of the House Freedom Caucus.
To a degree, he is correct that we are adding $100 million an hour to the national debt ($876 billion a year), However, that is entirely the fault of the Republican Party, who passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs bill in 2017. More than likely, he voted for it.
In Trump's first year in office, he added roughly $1 trillion to the national debt, and that is BEFORE the 2017 tax bill kicked in.
It’s a major reversal for a president who during the campaign had said given eight years he could eliminate the debt entirely, but is instead looking at setting records for red ink.
“We are in for a rude awakening,” said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Her organization calculated that with December’s tax cuts and January’s budget-busting spending deal, Mr. Trump has already signed legislation that will add at least $2.4 trillion to the debt in the next decade and, should Congress make those policies permanent, could add as much as $6 trillion.
Here is a list of the members of the House Freedom Caucus. Interestingly, one of the members (Justin Amash) just called from Trump's impeachment.
In May 2019 Amash said that Trump "has engaged in impeachable conduct" based on the obstruction of justice findings of the Mueller Report, which, Amash said, "few members of Congress have read". Amash also said that Attorney General William Barr "deliberately misrepresented" the report's findings and that partisanship was making it hard to maintain checks and balances in the American political system. Amash was the first Republican member of Congress to call for Trump's impeachment. In response, Trump called Amash a "loser", accused him of "getting his name out there through controversy", and falsely stated that the Mueller report had concluded that there was no obstruction of justice. Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, accused Amash of "parroting the Democrats' talking points on Russia." She did not explicitly express support for a primary challenge against Amash, but tweeted, "voters in Amash’s district strongly support this president." Republican Senator Mitt Romney described Amash's statement as "courageous", though he disagreed with Amash's conclusions. The New York Times reported that while many Republicans supported Trump in public, they criticized his actions in private.