Republican front-runner Donald Trump lambasted House Republicans on Friday following the passage of the $1.1 trillion government funding plan, saying that they “threw in the towel” in an effort to avert a government shutdown.
In a statement to ABC News, the billionaire businessman excoriated Speaker Paul Ryan and the other House Republicans who voted for the bill, saying they showed no “budget discipline.”
“If anyone needs more evidence of why the American people are suffering at the hands of their own government, look no further than the budget deal announced by Speaker Ryan,” Trump said. “In order to avoid a government shutdown, a cowardly threat from an incompetent president, the elected Republicans in Congress threw in the towel and showed absolutely no budget discipline.”
Trump added that as a result of the funding plan, Americans will have to “absorb higher deficits, greater debt, less economic liberty, and more corporate welfare.”
“Congress cannot seem to help itself in bending to every whim of special interests,” the real estate mogul continued. “How can they face their constituents when they continue to burden our children and grandchildren with debts they will never be able to repay? Our government is failing us, so we must do something about it. Who knows how bad things will be when the next administration comes in and has to pick up the pieces?”
Trump concluded that the “only special interest not being served by our government is the American people.”
“It is time we imposed budget discipline by holding the line on spending, getting rid of waste, fraud and abuse, and by taking on our debt,” he said. “To do these things, we need a president who can lead the fight to hold Congress and the rest of the government accountable.”
On Friday, the House easily passed the funding bill by a vote of 316 for and 113 against, with 150 of those for the bill being Republicans. The Senate is also expected to pass the legislation and the White House has already said President Barack Obama intends to sign the bill into law.