Rep. Massie wears a homemade national debt clock badge amid the debt ceiling fight

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., was seen sporting a homemade national debt clock badge in the halls of Congress Tuesday night amid an ongoing partisan battle over raising the debt ceiling.

Reporters saw Massie wearing the makeshift badge as Washington grapples with a new fight to lift the debt ceiling, including proposals to allow the government to borrow without any limits set by Congress.

Politico reported that Massie built the badge himself out of a combination of roofing copper and a microprocessor over the course of about three days. He told the outlet that he extracted the data from “about 400 lines of code” on the Treasury Department website.

Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican, was seen wearing the badge Tuesday.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The government hit the debt ceiling, currently set at $31.38 trillion, last week. House Republicans have called for compromises to cut the expansion of federal spending, which has grown under the Republican and Democratic administrations.

US DEBT CEILING FORCES TREASURY TO TAKE ‘EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES’

Yet Democrats have accused Republicans of “weaponizing” the debt ceiling as part of budget negotiations, putting America’s economic health at risk in the process by pushing it closer to default.

“The government has an obligation to pay its bills,” Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, said this week. “Threaten to default on our debt it’s the same as ordering an expensive meal in a restaurant, eating it, and skipping it without paying. We can and should have a real conversation about overall spending, but the full faith and credit of the United States should never be compromised.”

Meanwhile, Republicans have called on the White House to help broker a deal that cuts spending, saying it was “disappointing” that President Joe Biden has so far failed to intervene. They also argued that congressional approval of new spending programs is what has repeatedly forced the government to keep hitting its borrowing limit, which has then forced Congress to keep raising the debt ceiling.

DEMOCRATS PUSH TO DELETE THE DEBT LIMIT AND ALLOW UNLIMITED GOVERNMENT LENDING

“It’s very disappointing,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters this week. “Here’s the leader of the free world banging on a table, being irresponsible, saying, ‘No, no, no, just raise the limit.'”

CONSERVATIVES SHARPEN THEIR SPEARS IN THE FIGHT OF THE HISTORICAL DEBT CEILING

Biden met with Democratic leaders on Tuesday and took aim at the Republicans over the fight.

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“Look, I have no intention of letting the Republicans destroy our economy,” Biden said.

The federal government spent $4.4 trillion in fiscal year 2019, just before COVID hit. It spent $6.5 trillion in fiscal 2020, $6.8 trillion in fiscal 2021, and $6.3 trillion in fiscal 2022.

Peter Kasperowicz of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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