Montana Congressman Matt Rosendale (R-MT) was the first to publicly come out swinging against the debt ceiling deal that was announced over Memorial Day weekend.

In a series of tweets sent Sunday morning, Rosendale called the deal a "disaster" while former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich praised the deal as a Republican win.

Rep. Rosendale: The DC Swamp has proposed the largest debt ceiling increase in our nation’s history - $4 trillion!!

Here's my question: why didn't House Republicans simply stand firm in their support of the plan they already passed about one month ago?

While Speaker Gingrich makes some very good arguments in support of this deal, and makes the point that Republicans were actually able to finally force the Democrats to compromise for a change- it still doesn't seem clear to me as to why Speaker McCarthy felt he couldn't stand by the original plan that House Republicans already passed. (H/T to Matt in Billings who made this great point on the radio Tuesday AM)

A recent CNN poll showed that over 60% of Americans supported a debt ceiling plan that lowered spending AND avoided default on the debt. That is exactly what House Republicans passed. Did McCarthy lose a handful of moderate Republicans in the closely divided House, forcing him to accept this compromise?

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) touted the deal in a Fox News Sunday interview where he highlighted spending reductions that force the government back to 2022 spending levels. Freedom Caucus conservative Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX), meanwhile, called on Congress to simply freeze the funding for the IRS and the unspent COVID money in order to avoid the debt ceiling deadline so that a better deal can be negotiated.

Here's the full thread of Congressman Rosendale's response via Twitter:


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