GOP Budget Hawks Lay Low as Party Pushes Tax Plan that Experts Say Will Send Deficit Soaring

Published Oct 6, 2017. By Tom Benning.

WASHINGTON — Dallas Rep. Jeb Hensarling is a deficit hawk who has long bemoaned the "fiscal insanity" of a national debt that's now above $20 trillion.

The Republican displays a real-time national debt clock in the hearing room of his House Financial Services Committee. He even voted last month against a Hurricane Harvey relief package because it was tied to an increase in the federal debt ceiling.

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"It's shocking how explicit it is, to hear Republicans openly promoting deficits," said Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan fiscal watchdog.