NEW: McCarthy Slams Biden Over Debt Ceiling

( – Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy blasted President Joe Biden for Biden’s proposed $6.8 trillion budget, calling it “not serious” against the backdrop of the high national debt.

McCarthy warned Biden not to “play games” with the debt ceiling as the two parties are supposed to reach an agreement on raising it by the summer or risk a federal default.

The Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, insist on budget cuts to reduce the deficit and national debt.

“It’s not serious for the current time we live in,” McCarthy (R-CA) told Fox News on Sunday.

“I’ve sat with this president, and I want to negotiate with this president. This is what we’ve done every time before,” he added, as cited by Newsmax.

Yet, McCarthy insisted that Biden had “ignored the ability” to negotiate and show that “we’re serious about getting our debt under control.”

“We will find savings in how we spend our money. We will prioritize in the right areas and eliminate waste. This budget talks more about equality and climate change than it does in dealing with China and fentanyl and putting the workforce back in the workplace, and that’s a real challenge,” the House speaker elaborated.

McCarthy pointed out that the president’s budget proposal was not only a month late but also one that “only weakens America.”

The California Republican argued that even Democrats wouldn’t vote for Biden’s budget.

“Listen to what the congressional budget office says. In the next ten years, we will pay, as Americans, hard-working taxpayers, over $10.5 trillion in interest… to put that in perspective, since 1940, till today, in the last 80 years, we’ve only paid $9 trillion in interest. That’s why this budget is not serious,” he insisted.

McCarthy noted that Congress was about to roll out the Lower Energy Cost Act in a bid to restore America’s energy independence.

“If we lower the cost of energy on all forms of energy, not picking one over the other, what happens is more American jobs,” he commented.

The House speaker defended his decision to grant Fox News host Tucker Carlson access to over 40,000 hours of video footage from the January 6, 2021, breach of the US Capitol by Trump supporters.

“My goal is transparency… Let everyone see them [and] bring their own judgment,” said McCarthy.

He explained that he didn’t “give the tapes” to Carlson and only allowed him to “come to see them, just like an exclusive with anybody else.”

“One thing I understand in America is we should have equal justice. Why did I watch federal courts, why did I watch cities burn, federal agencies or something, and nobody arrested there? I think we should have equal justice across this country,” the Republican House speaker argued.