The new bipartisan budget proposal in the U.S. Congress, aimed solely at preventing another government shutdown, is being frowned upon by top influential conservative groups, such as Heritage Action, as well as legislators like Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio, whose job it is to vote on it.
Lee expressed his opposition to the budget deal with this statement:
“Rather than enacting reforms to make government more efficient, the budget deal makes more government more expensive. Sequestration is far from ideal, but at least it forced Congress get serious about excessive spending. This deal cuts into the modest gains taxpayers have won since 2011, by trading concrete spending reductions over the next two years for theoretical spending cuts a decade from now. In the meantime, the deal raises taxes on all air travellers, so that Congress can continue to ignore both waste in discretionary spending and the ticking fiscal time-bomb of our entitlement programs.
“I do not envy House Republicans in their task of negotiating a budget with a Senate majority and president hostile to the very idea of having one. But the deal they have struck is not one I can support.“If there is a silver lining in this deal, it at least further confirms the need for Republicans to finally develop a comprehensive conservative reform agenda. Real reform involves not simply cutting dysfunctional programs, but fixing them so government doesn’t cost so much in the first place.
And as Democrats continue to hide from those reforms at the behest of their special-interest clients, Republicans must begin to advance our ideas openly and transparently, not behind closed doors up against artificial deadlines set by the forces of the status quo.” -Senator Mike Lee
Rubio also released a statement opposing the deal, but also appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” stating the this budget would increase the already out of control government spending by $60 billion over the next couple of years.
To put it in layman’s terms, this new budget deal sucks.
Unfortunately the budget, what it does is it increases spending by about $60 billion over the next two years. Going above this cap, that by the way Congress imposed on itself, meaning these caps now that they passed in Washington, are meaningless because they come back a year later and go over them.But here’s the problem: It raises it by $60 billion, the spending, but it pays it over ten years. Well, you know how that works. Over the next couple years they’ll forget it, and they will keep borrowing more.
The fundamental problem that we have here is that we have a government that continues to spend more money than it takes in. It’s doing so at an alarming pace and our children are going to have to pay for this.
Not just our children, many of the people that are around today are going to have to pay. We are going to have a debt crisis in this country. It is going to continue to destroy jobs. It’s going to disrupt the function of our government.
It’s going to threaten our national security.
When are we going to get serious about dealing with this once and for all?-Senator Marco Rubio