Tea party candidates are making it known how they feel about the emerging budget framework crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA): they hate it.
Here are statements by a trio of conservatives running challenges to incumbent Republicans.
Businessman Matt Bevin, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):
“Allowing Washington to continue its reckless spending today, with hopes of being responsible tomorrow, is a fool’s game. Sadly, that is what this deal does.
“Blowing through spending caps and eliminating discretionary spending cuts is how Washington has already racked up a $17 trillion debt with no end in sight. We must stop mortgaging the futures of our children because career politicians are unwilling to stop spending borrowed money.
“It’s high time Washington starts telling us the truth. It’s high time we change Washington by changing the people we send there. We deserve better and in 2014, we will go to the ballot box and demand better.”
Republican Bryan Smith, who is challenging Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID):
“The Ryan-Murray budget deal is an example of what is broken in Washington. Career politicians in Washington have failed to seriously tackle our nation’s debt problem. The deal eliminates spending cuts already in place and increases our discretionary spending to over $1trillion next year. I cannot support this budget deal when it fails to make any real effort to curb government spending.”
Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-pictured), who is challenging Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS):
“Our country is facing a debt crisis, and instead of cutting spending Washington politicians are making deals to eliminate what small spending cuts are already in place and increase spending further. The Ryan-Murray deal is a complete abdication of Washington’s governing responsibility.
“Unfortunately, Republicans in Washington are just as much to blame as Democrats. After increasing spending for years, many Republican politicians are now acquiescing to Democratic demands to continue business as usual. I urge Sen. Cochran to reject this deal and insist on absolutely no spending increases.”