(Anne Eller, WLMA in Greenwood contributed to this story)
The state’s four freshmen in Congress have been “called to the principal’s office” says 3rd District Congressman Jeff Duncan, for going against GOP leaders in a vote to float the federal government for the short term.
Republican Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California asked for a meeting with Duncan, Tim Scott, Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney on Monday evening. Duncan says he thinks the four will -quote “get whipped” for their refusal to sign the House continuing resolution (CR) for the federal budget to get through the next few weeks.
I’m sure there will be some attempts to twist arms, but we’ve made our decision. I just think it’s time to really focus on this and not keep kicking the can down the road.
SCRN has not spoken with Duncan since the meeting with the Majority Whip, but he was certain that his party leaders wanted the four S.C. freshmen to go along with the stop-gap budget. Before the meeting today he told affiliate WLMA:
Debt is growing every day and we are spending a trillion and a half more than we’re bringing in and we’re arguing over a short-term, three-week CR that cuts about $6 billion out–about $2 billion a week for three weeks. I equate it to arguing over what station the radio’s on while the car goes over a cliff.
Duncan says he is “ready to get started” in truly cutting government spending. He says the government will not shut down entirely.
Congressman Duncan of the 3rd District is a regular guest on affiliate WLMA in Greenwood.