‘Republicans Are Supposed to Be the Party of Restraint’: Hurt Says Spending Bill Could Hurt GOP in Midterms
President Trump on Friday signed the massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill despite an earlier threat to veto the legislation due to the lack of sufficient border wall funding and a fix for DACA.
Trump signed the 2,232-page legislation reluctantly — which prevented a government shutdown — saying during a Friday news conference, “I will never sign another bill like this again.”
On “Special Report,” Washington Times opinion editor Charles Hurt said if Republicans suffer a “complete wipeout” in November’s midterm elections, this bill could be seen as the beginning of voters’ dissatisfaction with the party and the Trump administration.
“I don’t know what reason Republican voters have to vote for Republicans at this point,” Hurt said.
He acknowledged that the GOP tax cuts were a major success, but that doesn’t change the fact that the government continues “galloping into the spending” even with a Republican House, Senate and White House.
“Republicans are supposed to be the party of restraint,” Hurt said.
He said Trump did put the best spin possible during his news conference by arguing that Democrats were holding the military hostage and he was essentially forced to agree to an undesirable deal.
“That’s a pretty good line, but I don’t know if it’s one that Republicans on the Hill will be able to make.”