On Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he will reject the budget compromise brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) that raises spending levels beyond what was set by the sequester, calling it a bad deal with no guarantees of spending reductions in the future.
“The new budget deal moves in the wrong direction: it spends more, taxes more, and allows continued funding for Obamacare,” Cruz said before the House’s budget vote. “I cannot support it.”
Cruz said that “under the sequester, Congress took a small step forward by reducing spending by 2.4 percent,” and Congress “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,” he said. “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.”