State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), the tea party candidate challenging Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) is calling on the incumbent Mississippi senator to state his position on the budget deal unveiled by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA) and her House counterpart, Paul Ryan (R-WI).
McDaniel's call comes less than 24 hours after the top budget lawmakers unveiled the proposal. In an email titled "Chris McDaniel Calls On Thad Cochran To State Position On Ryan-Murray Deal" McDaniel said "the Ryan-Murray budget deal shows how out of touch Washington politicians are with the American people."
"Despite a $17 trillion national debt, Washington politicians on both sides of the aisle just agreed to increase federal spending and eliminate spending cuts already in place," McDaniel continued. "Mississippi taxpayers deserve to know where Sen. Cochran stands on this disastrous deal."
McDaniel's call came shortly after tea party candidate Matt Bevin urged Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to oppose the deal. Shortly after Bevin's call, McConnell reportedly decided to oppose the deal.