Rep. Moore discusses why he supports new debt ceiling agreement

May 30, 2023, 7:30 PM

Rep. Blake Moore, R-Utah, speaks during a Memorial Day commemoration event at the Capitol in Salt L...

Rep. Blake Moore, R-Utah, speaks during a Memorial Day commemoration event at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Monday, May 29, 2023. Moore joined Inside Sources on Tuesday, May 30 to discuss the new dbt ceiling agreement. Photo credit: Ryan Sun/Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Over the weekend, President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached a deal on a new debt ceiling agreement.

Members of both parties now get an opportunity to read the bill before voting on it.

Utah Rep. Blake Moore joined Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson on Tuesday to discuss the bill and why he’s supporting it.

Matheson begins the conversation by asking, “Tell us what you’re finding in the bill. What is it that you see as positives? What are the things that are going to be a challenge in the days ahead?”

Moore says he ran on three key principles – support Hill Air Force Base, be a part of reversing debt culture and be a optimistic conservative voice for the next generation.

“This will be the first time that I get a chance to actually support a reversal of debt culture,” the congressman said. 

Lots of angles to debt ceiling agreement

Moore goes on to say there are so many angles to the bill. However, this is an overall reduction in spending, according to Moore.

Debt deficit is something that means a lot to Moore. And he says now that he is in the majority, his support will carry more weight.

“I get a chance to potentially to support something and that means a lot to me,” Moore said. “Because I want to be active in this space and not just show vote no, complain, collect the government paycheck and move on like that. That’s just not something I want to do.”

Matheson asked, “What kind of coalition is forming? What are some of the conversations you’re hearing?”

Moore said several months ago President Biden and his team made it clear they wanted a clean debt ceiling. That means no concessions or negotiations. Moore says he and several other lawmakers stood their ground and didn’t allow that to happen.

“So that was a significant win there,” Moore said. 

Still, Moore says there are many Democrats who didn’t want to make any concessions. And still, Moore says there are Republicans who will never vote for a debt ceiling.

“They may have made a promise here or there, but they were willing to come to the table on the limit,” the congressman said. “…. And I actually commend for it.”

He says for Republicans to get a better deal, they need to start winning more elections.

“If we had a Republican in the White House, we would have a better deal,” he said. “If we had the Senate, we would have a better deal. But we don’t have those two versions. And for us to get as much as we got for sticking together in the House, it’s commendable.”

Listen to the entire segment.


Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson can be heard on weekdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Rep. Moore discusses why he supports new debt ceiling agreement