House Ready to Back Murray-Ryan Budget Deal Despite Conservative Opposition

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: December 12, 2013 4:00 PM
Ander Crenshaw, Paul Ryan, Joe Garcia

Ander Crenshaw, Paul Ryan, Joe Garcia

Even as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., doubles down on his opposition to the federal budget agreement reached by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Wis., Florida congressmen from both parties are starting to fall in line behind it.

The House is currently preparing for a vote on the deal on Thursday night. Enough Republicans, including U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Democrats are working together to pass the budget deal. 

On the Democratic side, U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., announced Thursday he would back the agreement. “With my first year in Congress coming to a close, it would be great to end things on a high note by getting a long-term budget passed before we head home for the holidays,” Garcia insisted on Thursday. “Time is running out before we recess at the end of the week.”

Garcia urged supporters to sign a petition “encouraging my colleagues to pass a budget to help us avoid another shutdown.”

A top target for Republicans in 2014, Garcia pointed toward how government employees would be impacted by a federal shutdown.

“Thousands of federal workers and their families deserve to head into the holidays without the threat of another furlough hanging over their heads,” insisted Garcia. “We can’t afford another shutdown -- we need a budget deal now.”

Some Florida Republicans are also supporting the deal. Announcing his support for it on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., the chairman of the House Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, said the agreement would help reduce the deficit.

“Congress faces tough challenges on the road to providing economic peace of mind for hard-working Americans,” Crenshaw said on Wednesday. “This agreement stops the process of lurching from crisis to crisis and lends some certainty to funding government operations. The Appropriations Committee, which has already cut $200 billion in spending, can now move forward with creating fiscally-responsible appropriations bills to fund government operations: that’s our duty.

“I welcome a process that moves the nation toward deficit reduction without tax hikes or relying on devastating cuts of sequestration,” Crenshaw added. “All agencies of the federal government have a role to play in wiping out Washington’s habit of big-government spending, but my commitment to national security stands unwavering.”

Rubio, a possible Republican presidential hopeful, continues to showcase his opposition to the federal budget deal.

Rubio appeared on Megyn Kelly’s show on Fox News on Wednesday and slammed the deal, saying it will only increase federal spending.

“Unfortunately the budget, what it does is it increases spending by about $60 billion over the next two years,” Rubio told Kelly. “Going above this cap, that by the way Congress imposed on itself, meaning these caps now that they passed in Washington, are meaningless because they come back a year later and go over them. But here’s the problem: It raises it by $60 billion, the spending, but it pays it over 10 years. Well, you know how that works. Over the next couple of years they’ll forget it, and they will keep borrowing more. The fundamental problem that we have here is that we have a government that continues to spend more money than it takes in. It’s doing so at an alarming pace and our children are going to have to pay for this. Not just our children, many of the people that are around today are going to have to pay. We are going to have a debt crisis in this country. It is going to continue to destroy jobs. It’s going to disrupt the function of our government. It’s going to threaten our national security. When are we going to get serious about dealing with this once and for all?”

Rubio also penned an op-ed over at Breitbart’s explaining his opposition to the budget deal. While his colleague U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., is saying he will back the deal, Rubio is not alone as other conservatives from Florida oppose it. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., took to Facebook on Thursday to list the problems with it, including raising spending.

Slade O’Brien, the director of the Florida chapter of tea party group Americans for Prosperity (AFP-FL) also came out swinging against the deal on Thursday.

“The Murray-Ryan budget proposal is a bad deal for our country and for Floridians,” O’Brien said. “The deal goes back on a promise Congress made just two years ago to keep spending levels capped, and once again pushes spending over $1 trillion. This deal moves our country backward, not forward, and trades increased spending now for empty promises to cut Medicare spending in 10 years. If Congress can’t keep a promise they made two years ago, why should we expect them to keep one 10 years from now?”

O’Brien said his group would hold the Florida congressional delegation’s feet to the fire on the issue.

“Florida’s delegation has the chance to show Floridians they can be trusted to keep their word and rein in Washington’s out-of-control spending problem,” O’Brien said. “AFP-FL is watching and will be counting this vote toward our Congressional Scorecard and holding our elected officials accountable for their vote today.”

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (2)

Dean Franklin
9:50AM DEC 13TH 2013
Why do the tparty only oppose, not propose? Why are they so against their neighbors, the poor, the sick, etc. How can any group of Americans be so unchristian, so uncaring, so hateful. And, to play politics with peoples lives is just plain wrong.
Thomas E.Currie
10:26PM DEC 12TH 2013
I agree with those who state its not a great bill in controlling spending obsessions, however its cuts hurt the weak , continues the favorites and sends a depressing offer to voters.
If a threat of a government shutdown were to occurr , I believe that the
House would bring the Administration to heel. Your experienced.

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