During an interview with CNN early Monday, Tennessee Democrat Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) discussed ongoing debt ceiling negotiations, while also labeling Republicans as ‘terrorists’ for their commitment to fiscal responsibility.
Cohen’s partisan attack called Republicans “legislative terrorists,” as he complained that Joe Biden wasn’t getting enough help in D.C.
Democratic lawmakers like Rep. Cohen appear to have adopted a strategy of vilification instead of engaging in rational debate about the future of our country’s economic health.
Republicans have expressed dissatisfaction with the White House’s proposal that Congress keep several domestic programs, including housing aid, education, and scientific research. They view this as insufficient in the face of rising needs and costs, particularly for defense and security-related expenditures.
Many GOP members also note that the White House’s proposal would amount to cuts due to year-over-year inflation. Republicans have thus rejected this offer and continue to argue for higher defense and security spending, even if it necessitates more substantial cuts to domestic spending programs.
Moreover, Republicans have taken issue with the White House’s negotiation strategy. They claim that the White House, under President Biden’s leadership, altered its offer in the midst of the negotiations. The White House is looking to spend more than the amount spent in the previous year, a move they believe is irresponsible considering the size of the current deficit.
There has been a growing concern over the looming deadline for a potential default if an agreement isn’t reached by June 1, showing the need for responsible decisions to avoid damaging the economy in the coming months.