Rep. Tim Huelskamp on the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal Filling “Washington’s Coffers”

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) 92% explained his principled opposition to the Ryan-Murray budget deal on CNBC’s Kudlow Report Wednesday night.  As we have explained, there are myriad reasons to oppose the deal.  It’s terrible policy, and contrary to the remarks of Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and other supporters of the deal, it doesn’t mean more deficit reduction — it means more spending.

Rep. Huelskamp provided a clear conservative perspective both on the budget itself and on the dynamics between various Republican lawmakers.

It will mean more revenue from Americans to Washington.  There are fee and tax increases included in there.  You can call it whatever you want — it’s more revenue going to Washington’s coffers for more spending.  

Conservatives now have to fight to maintain even the small but effective sequester cuts, which Republicans have long championed as a victory.

Earlier in the segment, Larry Kudlow directly quoted the Heritage Action statement on the budget deal:

Over the next few days, lawmakers will have to explain to their constituents, many of whom are our members, what they’ve achieved by increasing spending, increasing taxes and offering up another round of promises waiting to be broken. That will be a really tough sell back home.

The Ryan-Murray budget is not a principled approach to budgeting.   The spend-now-cut-later mentality is totally flawed.  And if we stay on this path, it could mean that in 2023 — when our debt reaches $25.228 trillion  — we’ll be looking back nostalgically on our (relatively smaller) $17 trillion debt, wondering what went wrong.

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