It was called a “bi-partisan” budget proposal, but it took place without the help of a large number of Republicans who consider themselves part of the Tea Party. Although it passed by a huge margin (332-94), Tea Party conservatives are being vocal in their opposition.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX):
Ahead of today’s House vote on the budget, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement:
“The new budget deal moves in the wrong direction: it spends more, taxes more, and allows continued funding for Obamacare. I cannot support it.
“Under the sequester, Congress took a small step forward by reducing spending by 2.4 percent. We should increase that number while protecting the military from disproportionate cuts.
“Instead, this proposal undoes the sequester’s modest reforms and pushes us two steps back, deeper into debt. Supporters of this plan are asking for more spending now in exchange for minor changes that may possibly reduce spending later. That may be a fine deal for Washington, but it’s not for the American people.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) had the following to say:
“There is a recurring theme in Washington budget negotiations. It’s I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today, I think it’s a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now, for the promise of cuts later,” Sen. Paul said. “The small sequester spending cuts were not nearly enough to address our deficit problem. Undoing tens of billions of this modest spending restraint is shameful and must be opposed. I cannot support a budget that raises taxes and never balances, nor can I support a deal that does nothing to reduce our nation’s $17.3 trillion debt.”
Rep. (and likely US Senate nominee) Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) issued the following statement opposing the budget deal:
“This budget deal busts the spending caps that took effect just months ago by spending billions now in exchange for supposed long-term spending cuts. Arkansans are tired of the Washington ‘long-term,’ which never seems to arrive. While the budget rightly asks federal employees to contribute more to their generous pensions and restores some needed funding for our military, these modest gains come at the expense of hard-won fiscal discipline because of the unreasonable demands of President Obama and Senate Democrats. I will keep working to restrain spending and to find long-term solutions for Arkansas, just as I pledged I would.”
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) on the “terrible” bill:
“I will be voting no on this terrible budget deal. It explodes the spending caps, balloons the deficit and betrays conservatives and the Constitution.
Here in the House the only tool at our disposal is our vote. It is up to the Senate to stop this.
Conservative senators must use every unique legislative tool the Senate allows to block this bill. Americans will be watching to see which senators lead by fighting to block this vote, and who follows the D.C. establishment by voting no, but it allowing the deal to move forward.
This deal is absolutely not an incremental step to lower spending. It increases spending. And it makes Obama’s exploding deficits and budgets the official policy of the Republican Party. We will be watching to see which senators use the Senate’s rule to block this bill.”