Freshman Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) told a roomful of reporters Wednesday that the upcoming House vote on the Paul Ryan budget is all for show, with no real consequences, because the proposal is "dead on arrival" in the Senate.
"You know, I'm new here but what I'm learning is that the budget is just kind of a guideline," Massie said on a panel with nine other House conservatives. "And it's sort of a pretend guideline because we know it's dead on arrival in the Senate. So it's all about optics and messaging."
The Kentuckian said he intends to vote No on the Ryan plan because it doesn't cut spending enough, although other conservatives appear ready to vote Yes.
"We know it's dead on arrival," Massie said. "We know it's a pretend vote."