Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA), who used to be a MAGA firebrand but has recently been accused of embracing the establishment, has declared that anyone who opposes House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) debt ceiling deal with President Joe Biden lives in “conservative fantasyland” and not “in reality.”
Speaking with reporters after the House passed the debt ceiling deal on Thursday, Greene attacked the conservative members of Congress who dared speak out against the measure — claiming that the lawmakers who are concerned about McCarthy giving in to nearly all of the Democrats’ demands don’t “understand how to be successful.”
When asked by reporters why she chose to support the debt ceiling deal despite most conservative voters opposing it, Greene claimed: “I live in reality, not conservative fantasyland.”
The Biden-McCarthy deal has been dubbed the “Fiscal Responsibility Act,” which will raise the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling and give Democrats several major victories while conservatives only get superficial victories.
The debt-ceiling deal unifies Democrats and sharply divides Republicans—with good reason. pic.twitter.com/T2fRysiGJy
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) May 30, 2023
The bill passed by a vote of 314-117, with 71 House Republicans voting against the measure alongside 46 Democrats — including several members of the far-left “Squad.”
McCarthy would have been unable to pass the legislation without assistance from the Democrats, which has prompted increased backlash against the House Speaker for not negotiating to give conservatives more victories and for abandoning the conservative voter-approved Limit, Save, Grow Act.
When more Democrats are in agreement with the Republican @SpeakerMcCarthy, then you know that it's a bad deal for Republican voters.
— Savannah (@BasedSavannah) May 30, 2023
However, Greene celebrated the bill’s passing as a victory, and appeared to be proud of her attacks on the conservative members of her party, as she shared the video of her attacks on Twitter.
Here’s what I had to say to the press tonight about the debt ceiling vote.
▶️ Watch until the end! pic.twitter.com/dnWGC4y1fE
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) June 1, 2023
Meanwhile, conservative lawmakers have blasted the deal — with Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) responding to Greene’s tweet with a seemingly sarcastic comment: “One day I hope to understand.”
One day I hope to understand. https://t.co/ecray3Z91T
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) June 1, 2023
Roy also condemned his colleagues for approving the deal in a fiery speech on the House floor.
“I listen to the gentleman from Massachusetts wax on, talking about governing. Well, we don’t govern, Mr. McGovern. We represent,” the Texas congressman said. “That’s what we’re supposed to do, anyway, is represent the people of this country; fed up with the government that is now 40% bigger since the beginning of COVID. A government barreling towards $36 trillion of debt, and an absolute devastating burden on the future of this country, on our children and our grandchildren — who are not going to be able to afford homes, not be able to afford to go to school, not be able to afford food, groceries. Talk about food programs, I don’t hear a whole hell of a lot about what we’re doing to devastate American families with rampant inflation, because we keep spending money we don’t have.”
“To my colleagues on this side of the aisle… my beef is that you cut a deal that shouldn’t have been cut,” he continued.
“The fact is, at best, we have a two-year spending freeze that’s full of loopholes and gimmicks that would allow for increased funding for the federal bureaucracy in order to achieve a $4 trillion increase in the debt by January 1 of 2025,” Roy added.
Rep. @chiproytx tears into Republicans for cutting a deal with Democrats to add trillions to the national debt:
"You cut a deal that shouldn't have been cut!" pic.twitter.com/0Kbrx8IAyC
— Young Americans for Liberty (@YALiberty) May 31, 2023