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Party of fiscal responsibility? Guess how much the GOP increased the national debt while they controlled the House

Published in Blog on January 10, 2019 by Convention Of States

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As Republicans vacate their leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, it's worth noting how they managed to promote fiscally responsible policies while they held the reins of power.

In a word, they didn't.

According to CNS News:

The recently deposed Republican majority increased the federal debt by $7.9 trillion in the eight years it controlled the House of Representatives.

At the close of business on Jan. 4, 2011, the day before the Republicans took control of the House, the debt was $14,014,049,043,294.41, according to the Treasury.

On Jan. 3, 2019, the last day before the Republicans turned control of the House back to the Democrats, the debt closed at $21,929,258,046,653.58.

So, under the Republican House majorities in four Congresses, the debt climbed $7,915,209,003,359.17.

Republicans want to cut taxes and Democrats want to raise spending. The problem is, neither party is willing to do the one thing that could get our nation back on track: cut spending.

Politicians from both parties have too much incentive -- whether from special interests or their reelection campaigns -- to keep giving government handouts to their constituents.

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