The conservative Club for Growth is urging all senators to vote against the budget deal that passed the House and is up for a vote this week in the upper chamber.
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, and his Democratic counterpart, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, struck the budget deal in a rare symbol of bipartisan cooperation, even if both ends of the political spectrum had plenty to complain about in the final package.
The Club for Growth reminded senators that they will score the budget vote and distribute their findings to voters, saying “this deal is the ‘same old same old’ that Americans have come to expect from Washington.”
“It’s a deliberate attempt to avoid modest, but much needed spending cuts in exchange for the promise of spending cuts in the future,” the group said. “It also includes revenue increases that do nothing to reduce the size of government. Worse, this deal is likely only the first attempt at undoing the sequester completely. This bill should be vigorously opposed.”
House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, recently lashed out at outside conservative groups, saying they like to pressure and use his members to raise funds for their own needs.
Although the deal passed comfortably in the House, its supporters are scrambling to whip up enough support among Senate Republicans to end debate and pass the legislation this week.
Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said on the Sunday talks shows that he will support the deal.