House chaplain applauds budget deal during opening prayer

House chaplain applauds budget deal during opening prayer
© Greg Nash

House chaplain Rev. Patrick Conroy praised congressional negotiators for striking a deal to increase spending and raise the federal borrowing limit during his opening prayer on the House floor on Tuesday.

The chaplain's remarks came one day after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE announced he would support the two-year budget agreement, which suspends the national debt ceiling through July 2021, capping days of negotiations in Washington.

The deal was struck following talks between Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinGAO report details challenges of implementing Trump tax law Financial trade tax gains traction with 2020 Democrats Hillicon Valley: Agencies play catch-up over TikTok security concerns | Senate Dems seek sanctions on Russia over new election meddling | Pentagon unveils AI principles MORE, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump names Pence to lead coronavirus response McCarthy: White House coronavirus funding request 'a little low' MORE (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

“We are grateful for [the] success of negotiations between president and congressional leaders on debt limit and budget caps deal,” Conroy said in the floor.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Ask your blessing on them and those charged with moving the business of government and national economy forward."

Conroy's comments come as numerous GOP lawmakers have expressed hesitations over supporting the measure, citing concerns over spending levels and the process in which the deal came together.

It's unusual for the House chaplain to weigh in on policy issues, since they are primarily tasked with providing pastoral services for members of both sides of the aisle. Conroy has also garnered attention before over his remarks in the chamber.

Last year, former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan says he disagrees with Romney's impeachment vote Trump doubles down on Neil Cavuto attacks: 'Will he get the same treatment as' Shep Smith? Trump lashes out at Fox News coverage: 'I won every one of my debates' MORE (R-Wis.) requested that the Jesuit priest resign, with some members speculating the push for him to leave was over what some perceived to be a partisan prayer during the debate on tax reform. Ryan denied the attempt to oust him was political and Conroy was ultimately reinstated.