On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blasted the budget deal arranged by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), which increases spending $63 billion in the short-term by undoing supposedly permanent sequester cuts, and will supposedly lower spending by $85 billion in the long term. Paul stated:
There is a recurring theme in Washington budget negotiations. It’s I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today. I think it’s a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now, for the promise of cuts later. The small sequester spending cuts were not nearly enough to address our deficit problem. Undoing tens of billions of this modest spending restraint is shameful and must be opposed. I cannot support a budget that raises taxes and never balances, nor can I support a deal that does nothing to reduce our nation’s $17.3 trillion debt.
Ryan, among others, has defended the deal as the best Republicans can get right now.
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