Wallace: Kudlow 'seems to have found religion' on government spending

A debate over the GOP’s stance on the national deficit played out in real time on Fox News on Friday as host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's pre-debate COVID-19 test sparks criticism Bret Baier confirms his 'concerns' about Tucker Carlson's Jan. 6 documentary Rittenhouse says Biden defamed his character MORE called out former White House economic adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE over his criticism of President BidenJoe BidenBiden and Harris host 'family' Hanukkah celebration with more than 150 guests Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Overnight Defense & National Security — Senate looks to break defense bill stalemate MORE’s $1.9 trillion relief package.

Kudlow had torn into Biden’s legislation, warning it would “kill the economy” because of what he said would be an inevitable rise in the national deficit.

“Larry Kudlow, when he was working in the Trump White House and passing huge tax cuts and huge spending plans, including multitrillion-dollar bills for COVID relief, there wasn’t so much concern about deficit and debt,” Wallace said Friday. “He seems to have found religion now that he’s back out of the government.”

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The rebuke was the latest indication of an intraparty feud over how much to prioritize the deficit.

Republicans supported big spending measures during the Trump administration that helped fuel a rise in the deficit, which increased by about 36 percent during his administration. 

However, lawmakers have indicated that they will oppose plans under Biden out of concerns for the deficit. That effort was put into action for the first time as the White House pushed its coronavirus relief package.

“I think that’s kind of getting back to our DNA. ... I think spending, entitlement reform, growth and the economy are all things that we’re going to have to be focused on next year, and, yeah, I would expect you’ll hear a lot more about that,” Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneHouse passes bipartisan bills to strengthen network security, cyber literacy Senate nearing deal on defense bill after setback Congress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default MORE (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said in November.