MADISON, Wis. — New reporting from Heartland Signal fact checked Congressman Mike Gallagher for his recent lie that he has never voted to increase the debt ceiling. Gallagher voted to increase the debt ceiling by $1.5 trillion in 2018.
U.S. Rep. and potential Wisconsin Senate candidate Mike Gallagher (R) falsely claimed to have never voted on debt ceiling increase despite voting for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which raised the debt ceiling by $1.5 trillion.
During an interview with USA Today from January, Gallagher commented on the debt ceiling situation currently embroiling the U.S. Congress.
“… I’ve never voted for a debt ceiling increase, and I won’t unless it’s paired with meaningful reform.”
Gallagher made similar claims on The Hugh Hewitt show and the American Enterprise Institute’s “What The Hell” podcast shortly after Kevin McCarthy was elected speaker of the House in a tumultuous process. However, not only did Gallagher vote for the Bipartisan Budget Act in 2018, which increased the debt ceiling by $1.53 trillion according to FactCheck.org, he criticized his Republican colleagues who voted no.