GOP congresswoman says she is tired of 'sacrificing' her children to reduce the national debt and threatens to quit if Congress doesn't establish a debt commission

  • A GOP House representative threatened to resign from Congress.

  • Rep. Victoria Spartz said she'd resign if Congress doesn't pass a "debt commission this year."

  • She's already declared in early 2023 that she wouldn't be running for reelection.

A GOP representative threatened to resign from Congress if the legislative body doesn't vote and pass a "debt commission."

Representing Indiana's 5th Congressional District since January 2021, Rep. Victoria Spartz issued a press release on Monday morning detailing her promise.

"I've done many very difficult things being one woman standing many times with many very long hours and personal sacrifices, but there is a limitation to human capacity," Spartz said. "If Congress does not pass a debt commission this year to move the needle on the crushing national debt and inflation, at least at the next debt ceiling increase at the end of 2024, I will not continue sacrificing my children for this circus with a complete absence of leadership, vision, and spine."

"I cannot save this Republic alone," she ended the release with.

Spartz's apparent concern on Monday over the US government's sizable debt is nothing new — the congresswoman has been outspoken on the topic all year, going as far as to say in January that her fellow "Republicans need to grow a backbone and pass some real reforms, or we will end up with socialism," ultimately leading her to vote against suspending the debt limit until 2025.

Though Spartz threatened to resign from her post, her days in Congress are already limited. In February, after rumors arose that she might run to replace outgoing Sen. Mike Braun, Spartz announced that she had no plans to run for a Senate seat, nor for reelection to the House of Representatives.

Spartz's decision not to run for reelection came to a head in September during deliberations over whether or not to continue to fund the US government, where she called Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy a "weak Speaker" who "cannot even commit to having a commission to discuss our looming fiscal catastrophe."

Following her comments, McCarthy shot back at the Indiana representative for having "quit" on the job by not running for reelection.

"Anybody who criticizes you has never worked harder than you," McCarthy said. "If Victoria is concerned about fighting stronger, I wish she would've run again and not quit. I mean, I'm not quitting. I'm going to continue to work for the American public."

If Spartz does ultimately decide to resign from Congress, Indiana's governor will most likely call for a speedy special election to find a replacement to fill her seat for the remainder of her term, similar to what the state did following the sudden unexpected death of former Rep. Jackie Walorski in a 2022 car accident.

In the event she resigns before the end of her term, the GOP will temporarily have an even narrower majority in the House until her seat is filled, making it even more laborious for House Republicans to pass even the most simple, most regular bills in Congress.

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