FreedomWorks Statement in Response to Budget Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C.— In response to the budget deal reached by the president and congressional leadership that would suspend the debt ceiling and bust what remains of the discretionary spending caps by $320 billion, Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President, commented:

“The budget deal reached by congressional leadership is yet another disgrace that will leave the American taxpayer to foot the bill. The deal seeks to eliminate what remains of the 2011 budget caps and would increase these caps by more than $320 billion over the next two years at a time when the national debt looms above $22 trillion.

“Washington has all but abandoned economic sanity. With this ‘deal,’ GOP ‘leadership’ has ceded its ground on fiscal responsibility, which for years was supposed to be a core tenet of the party. Only dedicated conservatives such as Sens. Mike Lee and Rand Paul, and some in the House Freedom Caucus and the Republican Study Committee, appear to grasp the full extent of the problem. A return to fiscal sustainability will require not only cuts to discretionary spending, but entitlement reform as well.”

“It’s incredibly cynical to frame this deal as positive. After all, anyone who knows anything about Washington understands that all too often behind the facade of bipartisanship lurks reckless spending that puts fiscal sustainability, and therefore American national security, at risk.”