How far to the right has the budget debate moved in recent years?
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), one of the most conservative members of the House, who rode in on the 2010 tea party wave, boasted that the bipartisan bill passed by the chamber on Wednesday reflects the GOP's success at forcing huge federal spending cuts under President Barack Obama.
"The base spending levels we approved today are $100 billion lower than those in 2008," he said in a statement, after voting for the bill. "I will say that again: when adjusted for inflation, the federal government will spend less on basic, discretionary spending this year than it did six years ago."
"[W]e have done something that I sometimes thought might be impossible: we have changed the direction of spending," the congressman said.
Mulvaney's full statement on the $1.012 spending bill is below:
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