(CNN) - Democrats aren't the only ones divided over the tax cut package negotiated by President Obama and congressional Democrats.
Two tea party groups are taking opposing positions on the issue, CNN learned Tuesday.
The Tea Party Express objects to the tax cut compromise because "the piles of pork, deficit spending, and lack of any real confidence-booster for the economy makes this whole mess a bad deal for the American people," Levi Russell, a spokesman for the group, said.
Before all the details were known, Tea Party Express initially supported the package. Russell said last week he thought the compromise was not ideal, but the group was willing to accept "small victories."
Now, however, Russell said that "the more we've heard and seen about this deal the less we've liked it."
And the key criticism is that the Bush tax cuts were extended for only two years.
"Short term tax decisions don't inspire any real confidence and probably won't result in the economic boost we need," Russell said.
The group is also concerned about spending.
"The pork in this bill is completely out of control," Russell said.
"With the way it has developed, the level of pork and spending combined with a lack of any lasting tax incentives for business" the group opposes passage of the deal, he said.
On the other hand, FreedomWorks, a Tea Party-aligned group headed by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey, supports passage of the tax cut deal.
"We're supporting the deal," spokesman Max Pappas said. "We're in favor of lower taxes and the big question is – if not this then what? When? Taxes go up on January 1, and this is the only legislative vechile that will stop that."
Pappas acknowledged that the group is concerned about the growing deficit but explained that the next Congress – which will include a Republican-led House - should work on reducing debt through spending cuts.
"We'd like to see the spending portion (of the tax cut package) offset and would like to see spending cuts accompany it," he said. "But spending reduction and tax cut bills don't often travel together."
While other fiscal conservatives object to the extension of unemployment benefits included in the bill, Pappas argues the Democrats have the votes to extend these benefits with or without this compromise.
"At least this way we get tax cuts," he said.
Speaking of an editorial column published Tuesday by former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney – in which he objected to the deal in part because it does not extend the Bush tax cuts permanently – Pappas said he doesn't "think (Romney's) argument makes much sense."
"There have been 13 substantial tax changes since 1913," he said. "I'll take two more years of the lower rate and then fight to make them permanent."
So far, however, FreedomWorks is alone in its support of the tax cut deal. The Club for Growth and Tea Party Patriots have also come out against the compromise.
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