December 10th, 2013
10:58 PM ET
4 months ago

Crossfire: Both sides skeptical of budget deal

(CNN) - Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed skepticism about the new budget deal after negotiators reached an agreement Tuesday that would prevent another government shutdown, if the bipartisan plan is approved by the House and Senate.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, rejected the deal, saying on CNN's "Crossfire" he would not vote in favor of the budget compromise.

"This deal raises spending. There's no way around it. It's more spending for both sides. And far too long, most conservatives would agree that's the problem in Washington. I don't know how a deal is good for conservatives or for America if the spending is going to go up," Huelskamp told co-hosts Van Jones and S.E. Cupp.

"In a way I'm surprised leadership would even be offering this, because we have talked about this again and again about long-term solutions," he added. "I mean, Paul Ryan has been very clear about that. We need not just short-term ideas, we need long-term solutions. There (are) no changes to the entitlements here."

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, reached the deal with his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray, D-Washington. Murray said, "We have broken through the partisanship and the gridlock," while Ryan called the deal "a clear improvement" over the status quo.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, said though he's pleased both sides have come to the negotiating table, he's "skeptical about what I've heard so far" and questions whether the agreement reached is balanced.

"I don't want to see an agreement that's balanced on the backs of employees who have already given up over a hundred billion in terms of sacrifices over the last few years," he said, pointing to the extension of unemployment insurance, which was left out of the deal.

"I would much rather see us do away with some of the farm subsidies, the major agri-businesses that don't need them, as well as closing other special interests to tax loopholes," Schiff added.

"I have to say, I don't like a lot of what I've heard about it. The only thing I do like is it may avoid another shock to the economy."

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. wendel

    notice how ryan just took right over. Kind of pushed patty out of the way. Ya think he is vying for a presidential nod?

    December 10, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    You had to EXPECT that the socialists would want to increase spending AGAIN!

    December 10, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  3. PharmGrl

    Smart to avoid a government shut down and let Democrats hang themselves with Obamacare.

    December 11, 2013 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  4. A True Conservative

    Hmmmm...If nobody is happy with it, it's probably a pretty good compromise......

    December 11, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  5. 82ndABNVET

    When the President is applauding a "bi-partisan" budget..............................you have to wonder. Paul Ryan pretty must just shot any chance of winning the Republican nod for Presidential candidate in '16.

    December 11, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |