Republican opposition mounts to budget deal ahead of congressional vote
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told POLITICO he would “get there” on corralling Republican votes for the budget deal that averted a government shutdown last weekend, but since the details of the plan were made public, conservatives have grown increasingly agitated.
The National Review editorial board called the deal “fake” and urged Congress to reject it:
We’d vote “no,” even if we understand the impulse to move on to more important matters and to avoid a leap into the dark that might include a politically damaging shutdown. At the very least, freshmen and other conservatives should be frank about the deal’s shortcomings, refusing to exaggerate its merits as their leadership often has. The episode is strike one against the speakership of John Boehner.
RedState’s Erick Erickson is also warning House Republicans against supporting the deal:
If House Republicans vote for the bipartisan compromise, they should be driven into the street by the tea party movement and horsewhipped — metaphorically speaking. In reality, they should be primaried.
What started out as $38.5 billion in cuts, turned into around $14 billion in cuts and a bunch of accounting gimmicks. Each new day brings new disgusting revelations. According to the Congressional Budget Office, “total federal outlays will still rise by approximately $177 billion.” Yes, that says “rise” not “decrease.
A House vote is expected late Thursday.