GOP Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey said Thursday that even though House Republicans pulled an appropriations bill from floor consideration Wednesday, they aren’t abandoning the budget blueprint laid out by Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin.
“No, I don’t think we’re abandoning it at all,” Mr. Garrett, a Budget Committee member, said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”
After the transportation and housing spending bill was pulled, Hal Rogers, Kentucky Republican and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said that “[w]ith this action, the House has declined to proceed on the implementation of the very budget it adopted just three months ago.”
“Thus, I believe that the House has made its choice: sequestration – and its unrealistic and ill-conceived discretionary cuts – must be brought to an end,” Mr. Rogers said.
Mr. Garrett said those were “the comments of a frustrated chairman.”
“He’s got to be frustrated at having done all the work based upon the Ryan budget, where we all came around and agreed upon, and then at some point in time I guess leadership knew that they were just too close on the votes,” he said.
“But that happens. The Republican party is not the monolithic party [that] in some ways the Democrat party is,” Mr. Garrett continued. “There are going to be some disagreements, and on that one particular bill there was some folks who made the case that they wanted more money [for] I don’t know what, for Amtrak, for this or that. My guess is that sooner rather than later when we come back we’ll work out some of those differences and we’ll be able to go back to the floor with it.”