Ted Cruz Opposes Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

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December 12, 2013 11:38 a.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced Thursday that he opposes the two-year Ryan-Murray budget deal.

Cruz released a statement Thursday saying the bill goes in the wrong direction:

The new budget deal moves in the wrong direction: it spends more, taxes more, and allows continued funding for Obamacare. I cannot support it.

“Under the sequester, Congress took a small step forward by reducing spending by 2.4 percent. We should increase that number while protecting the military from disproportionate cuts.

“Instead, this proposal undoes the sequester’s modest reforms and pushes us two steps back, deeper into debt. Supporters of this plan are asking for more spending now in exchange for minor changes that may possibly reduce spending later. That may be a fine deal for Washington, but it’s not for the American people.

Cruz’s office had previously suggested that he would oppose the deal but he did not make it official until the statement on Thursday afternoon.

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