NJ Congressman Van Drew Makes Decision On Debt Deal Vote
We have just spoken with United States Congressman Jeff Van Drew, R-NJ-2 about his upcoming vote regarding the debt deal … that was negotiated by United States Speaker of The House, Kevin McCarthy and United States President Joe Biden.
This is the first report whereby Van Drew has officially confirmed that he will be voting no.
During our conversation, Van Drew shared that there are “too many waivers in the legislation,” said Van Drew.
“As a conservative, I just can’t support it.”
This is what the debt deal claims to include:
- TAKES BACK $ 30B IN UNSPENT COVID-19 FUNDS
- STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS WILL RESUME
- NO NEW TAX HIKES
- INCREASES SPENDING FOR DEFENSE & VETERANS' BENEFITS
- CAPS PLACED ON NON-DEFENSE SPENDING (AT 1%/YR - for 6 YEARS)
- EXPANDS WORK REQUIREMENTS
- CUTS IRS FUNDING
- STREAMLINE ENERGY & INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
It all sounds good on the surface, however, Van Drew is convinced that these are not solid, nor unambiguous guarantees.
Further, Van Drew is not satisfied that it goes far enough.
One example, although there appears to be $ 1.8 billion in IRS funding cuts … it seems that they will still be able to hire the additional agents … that many believe will be used to harass conservative Americans.
If Republicans want to pass this measure with only Republican votes… They can only afford five defections. It appears that there are many more than that at this time.
Another path to passage, would be a deal between McCarthy and Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries. Jeffries appears to be willing to provide the votes necessary to pass the current debt deal, as long as Republicans bring at least 150 members to the table.
As it stands now, Van Drew is a firm no vote on this measure in its current form.
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