GOP senator on potential additional tax cuts: 'We can't go further into debt'

GOP senator on potential additional tax cuts: 'We can't go further into debt'
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Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSunday shows preview: New members preview agendas after Democratic House takeover Expert says Senate will be up for grabs in 2020 The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — White House to 'temporarily reinstate' Acosta's press pass after judge issues order | Graham to take over Judiciary panel | Hand recount for Florida Senate race MORE (R-N.C.) expressed ambivalence Sunday about the prospect of a second round of tax cuts, arguing it can't add to the national debt. 

"We’ve got to make sure that it’s at least supported by facts around dynamic growth. It has to pay for itself. We can’t go further in debt," Tillis said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"We’ve got to get the American people to recognize that we have a powder keg of dynamite in a debt that’s continuing to grow," he added.

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Tillis' comments came a day after President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE told reporters in Nevada that his administration and congressional Republicans were looking into legislation that would provide a "very major tax cut for middle income people."

The president suggested such a bill could be put forth and executed "sometime just prior to November," though Congress will not reconvene until after the Nov. 6 midterms.

Tillis on Sunday voiced concerns about legislation that would add to the already ballooning national debt, noting that he voted against the most recent spending bill.

While opponents of the GOP tax cut bill passed last December argued that the legislation would add to the debt, Tillis maintained that the initial round of tax cuts will pay for itself over time. He acknowledged it would not retire any existing debt, however.

An August report from the Congressional Budget Office showed that the federal deficit jumped 20 percent in the first 10 months of the 2018 fiscal year, in large part because of the Republican-backed tax cuts.