U.S House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is coming to the defense of a budget deal crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash)
According to NBC News on Dec. 11, Speaker Boehner lashed out at the conservative advocacy groups who are encouraging Republican lawmakers to oppose the budget deal. Boehner told reporters at a press conference:
They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous.
The budget agreement crafted by Ryan and Murray, who are the top budget officials in their respective chambers, will set baseline spending levels for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years. The agreement also calls for spending levels slightly higher than the cap established by the "sequester". This would be achieved through a combination of reforms, cuts and new, non-tax revenue.
Conservative groups have been vocal against the deal, mostly because spending levels will rise above sequester levels. But Boehner has remained strongly for the budget deal. Boehner's support raises the possibility that he might use Democrat votes to pass the deal in the House. Ryan, who was the architect of the deal, told the press:
By having a budget agreement that does not raise taxes, that does reduce the deficit and produces some certainty and prevents government shutdowns -- we think it's a good agreement. We feel very good at where we are with our members.
Democrats have also voiced their concerns with the deal, mainly because the deal does not include an extension of unemployment benefits. But despite the lack of the extension, the deal will be expected to pass in the Senate.