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According to NBC, the Ryan-Murray budget deal passed by the House on Thursday will stave-off the risk of government shutdown for the next two years. It involves compromises from Democrats and Republicans, and, like any good deal made between rivals, leaves both sides wanting more. The Congressional Budget Officesays the deal will “reduce deficits by roughly $85 billion over the next 10 years.”
Even before the details were known, however, Tea Party advocacy groups publicly blasted it, and the Republican politicians who supported it.
On Monday, Heritage Action for Americacalled the Ryan-Murray budget “a gimmicky, spend-now-cut-later deal.”
On Tuesday, Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips wrote, ”The American people demanded, and were promised, reasonable spending limits. Politicians choosing to go back on their promise will be held accountable for their actions.”
Also on Tuesday, FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe urged his Tea Party followers to request a “no” vote from their Representatives. “Congressman Ryan claims that the plan doesn’t raise taxes,” Kibbe wrote. ”But whether the government collects more revenue by fees, taxes, tariffs, excises, or penalties, the government is still taking more of your money to pay for its spending addiction.”
And on Wednesday, the Senate Conservatives Fundwrote, “The GOP surrender on this latest budget deal makes one thing very clear. The only way to save our country is to replace establishment Republicans with true conservative leaders in 2014.”
“This is ridiculous,” Speaker of the House John Boehner responded on Wednesday. ”Listen, if you’re for more deficit reduction, you’re for this agreement.” Then, during a Thursday press conference chock-full of hilarious, animated GIF-worthy facial expressions, Boehner elaborated.
“When groups come out and criticize an agreement that they’ve never seen,” he said, “you begin to wonder just how credible those actions are.”
After blaming the Tea Party for October’s government shutdown over Obamacare, Boehner said, “the day before the government reopened, one of the people at one of these groups stood up and said, ‘well, we never really thought [the defund Obamacare strategy] would work.’ Are you kidding me?!”
Boehner also said that these (Tea Party) groups that oppose budgetary compromise of any kind are “misleading their followers,” and have “lost all credibility.”
Right-wing propaganda machine NewsMaxinterviewed Matt Kibbe on Thursday, who was asked by host Steve Malzberg, “Does this permanently — you know — make a permanent rift between you and Boehner — you guys and Boehner?”
“Yeah, I think it creates a real problem,” Kibbe said, “and it creates a problem the next time Republicans belly-up to the negotiating table, because the Democrats now have their number. They’re going to get whatever they want next time, and we’re just going to have to have this fight now, to be honest with you.”
According to CNN, the Ryan-Murray budget deal goes to the Senate next week, where it’s expected to pass by a slim margin.