Conservative pundits are slamming a budget deal signed by President Trump on Friday, arguing that “Republicans have lost every single bit of credibility on the idea that they care at all about debts and deficits” for agreeing to the $400 billion budget that avoided a government shutdown.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham says President Trump “got snookered” on the $400 billion budget deal he signed on Friday, adding that the “swamp got re-filled last night.”
In budget deal, @realDonaldTrump got snookered. Badly. The insiders will always win as long as we play an insider game. Time for primaries. Swamp got re-filled last night.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 9, 2018
Other fiscal conservatives have been critical of the deal, particularly members of the GOP House Freedom Caucus, citing its impact on the deficit.
“I’m not only a ‘no.’ I’m a ‘hell no,’ ” declared Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) earlier this week in voicing his opposition to the bill.
It’s a “Christmas tree on steroids,” said Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.).
Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) slammed the GOP budget deal, telling Fox Business that “Republicans have lost every single bit of credibility on the idea that they care at all about debts and deficits.”
“They can talk all they want, but when they had the chance to do it, they caved and they spent so much money it’s stunning,” Chaffetz added in a panel discussion with “Mornings with Maria” host Maria Bartiromo.
“This spending proposal is disgusting and reckless — the biggest spending increase since 2009,” Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) tweeted Wednesday.
This spending proposal is disgusting and reckless—the biggest spending increase since 2009. I urge every American to speak out against this fiscal insanity. https://t.co/lbjN69LvOg
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) February 7, 2018
Most House Republicans voted for the deal in a 240-186 vote early Friday morning. It previously was approved by the Senate in a 71-28 vote.
The measure includes spending increases for both defense and nondefense programs. The bill also includes money for disaster relief, the opioid crisis, a four-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and more than $7 billion for community health centers.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) February 9, 2018
In the House, 167 Republicans and 73 Democrats voted “yes,” compared to 67 Republicans and 119 Democrats who voted “no.” The Democrats mostly opposed the bill because it did not include language protecting immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.