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**FILE** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

Rand Paul: Budget deal 'shameful,' 'huge mistake'

Sen. Rand Paul added his name to the list of lawmakers opposing the bipartisan budget deal carved out between House and Senate negotiators, saying it is "shameful" to restore previously agreed to spending cuts in exchange for promises of future deficit reduction.

**FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

Sen. Tom Coburn can't support budget deal

Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who serves as the Senate's unofficial watchdog, panned the budget package that congressional negotiators unveiled that would restore some of the previously agreed to spending cuts, force federal employees to pay more into their pensions and raises airlines fees.