House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., delivered a fiery speech on the House floor Friday to say Republicans will push for new spending cuts as part of a debt ceiling deal, and to reject Democratic opposition to those cuts.
"I don't have my phones lighting up saying, just keep raising the debt and do nothing about it," he said. "It's the complete opposite!"
"One-hundred and fifty-four dollars,161," McCarthy said in a floor discussion with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md. "That's the responsibility of every single American based upon the debt that we have right now of $18 trillion."
Hoyer and other Democrats have been pushing for a "clean" debt ceiling increase, but McCarthy said that makes no sense because it would just allow the national debt to soar higher.
"My friend on the other side of the aisle thinks it's un-American that we do anything about that," McCarthy said. "That the only road we should do is just raise it and keep adding it. That somehow, that will build confidence in this country, somehow that will give more opportunity to the future generation."