BALTIMORE — As House Republicans kicked off a 48-hour retreat here Thursday afternoon to plot their path back to the majority, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters the GOP’s top priority if it retakes the chamber in 2020 would be to address the national debt.
“First thing we would do is make sure our debt is taken care of,” the California Republican said. “This is continuing to grow.”
“We’ve got a majority that just has taken over, the Democrats — the first thing they did was not pass a budget. We’d pass a budget just as we did before that put us on a path to balance,” McCarthy added. “We’d make sure that our entitlements are protected for our future generation because it comes into question today. Every great society has collapsed when they overextended themselves.”
McCarthy’s remarks came the same day the Treasury Department announced that the U.S. budget deficit surpassed $1 trillion in the first 11 months of the fiscal year.
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