Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., also predicted that a majority of Republicans would vote “yes” and a majority of Democrats would oppose the deal.
Many legislators have begun announcing their planned opposition or support for the two-year budget deal between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (R-WA).
Representative Tom Cole told reporters that a majority of his fellow House Republicans would vote for the budget deal, which would replace some of the indiscriminate, across-the-board agency spending cuts scheduled for the next two years.
“A lot of support was expressed for it” during a closed meeting of House Republicans, Cole told reporters.
But some true conservatives are still standing strong against this deal:
LLPH-endorsed Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID 1) stated:
“I think it is terrible plan,” Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said. “It makes promises to the American people that are false. Today the Democrats realized they were right all along, that we would never hold the line on the sequester.”
LLPH-endorsed Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH 4) stated:
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), former chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said the agreement violated the agreement struck in January between Boehner and the conservatives, which followed a fiscal cliff deal that deeply divided the party.
“I would argue that this agreement, while it has some positives, is a marked departure from what we all agreed,” he said. “It is not going to put us on the path to balance.”
LLPH-endorsed Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA 4):
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) said he could not swallow any deal that promises future cuts for near-term spending increases.
LLPH-endorsed Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC 5):
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), who is spearheading opposition to the bill conceded that it will likely get a majority of House Republicans behind it.
“I think it probably will,” he said. “This was not a bill designed to get our support…it was designed to get the support of defense hawks and appropriators and Democrats.”
LLPH-endorsed Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY 4):
Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky — a frequent thorn in the side of leadership — strongly rejected the deal.
“Yeah, I’m a no. … I want a clean CR,” Massie said, stopping in the Cannon tunnel to bang his hand against the wall to punctuate every word. “Just like I saw the Democrats ask for. I want what they want: a clean CR. I saw ‘em back in October poundin’ the desk asking for that.”
And Massie questioned the hike in airplane security fees.
“Most of what they call revenue in there is a tax,” he said. “If the tax collected goes for the purpose on which it’s collected, then maybe it is a user fee. But it sounds to me like they’re trying to use that revenue number not to offset some kind of spending at the airports, but to make this deal look better.”
Massie said letting up on the sequester is his biggest problem.
“I’m not so much worried about the revenue side as I am the spending side because this bill increases spending. … If we have a spending problem, why would we increase our spending above current law?”
LLPH-endorsed Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ 5):
Matt Salmon of Arizona also said he’s likely to vote against it, saying he wanted more deficit reduction. He called the deal a “baby step” and said it should have at least been a “toddler step.”
LLPH-endorsed Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI 3):
U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, plans Thursday to vote against the budget deal hatched by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state and GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
“From everything we’ve seen, it is a very troubling deal,” said Will Adams, spokesman for Amash, noting the deal would overturn the Budget Control Act of 2011 by reducing sequester cuts and spending caps, increase user fees and taxes, and increase spending. “I don’t understand how that’s a deal anyone who wants to reduce the size and scope of government could support.”
LLPH-endorsed Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI 11):
U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford, echoed the sentiment.
“He will not support a budget that mortgages our children’s and grandchildren’s future by increasing our debt and spending,” Bentivolio spokesman Matt Chisholm said.
We are heartbroken that usual allies like Reps. Dennis Ross and John Fleming are leaning toward voting for this bill:
That includes several conservatives including Rep. John Fleming, R-La., and Dennis A. Ross of Florida. “There’s a lot to like about it,” Fleming said. Ross said Ryan sold it well to the conference.
Correction to our friend Rep. Fleming…there is more to hate about it. And if his definition of a lot is in this bill, then he has some very low standards in restoring our nation’s fiscal sanity. We encourage him and Rep. Ross to join fellow conservatives and oppose this deal.
Tomorrow, we will learn the difference between the Fight Club and those who plan to surrender. Calling the Ryan-Murray Budget Deal a “conservative deal” is like calling Obamacare a “conservative law”.
LLPH has officially decided to score this vote 25 points in our scorecard. Most bills scored in our scorecard are only 5 points and the only one that has reached this high was the CR/Debt Ceiling deal in October which was scored 20 points (10 for the debt ceiling and 10 for the CR). But this bill is very important because for the next two years, there likely won’t be any huge budget battles if this bill passes and CRs won’t be voted upon. This failed tax and spend budget would be the way our country spends the money and will only increase our debt.
Call your member of congress now and urge a NO vote on this bill! The vote will occur tomorrow so time is not on our side.