UPDATED 8:17 AM PT — Thurs. February 8, 2018
The House Freedom Caucus is challenging the GOP proposed Senate budget deal over concerns of excessive spending.
The Freedom Caucus said the main problem with the budget deal is the 13-percent increase in the size of government.
The lawmakers stressed it does not reflect the interests of the American people.
The bipartisan deal struck in the Senate Wednesday would end caps on the defense budget, but increase domestic spending as requested by Democrats.
Overall, the budget deal would boost fiscal expenditures by nearly $300 billion over the next two years.
“Really, the plan that we had was go ahead and fund defense, and keep the lines straight on non-defense,” explained Representative Mark Meadows. “I’m afraid that the numbers will get so high, and the debt ceiling will get added, and it will be a Christmas tree of spending, and a lot of votes will be bought, so it will be a ‘bipartisan’ deal.”
This means the deal will require more support from House Democrats in order to clear Congress.
However, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she opposes the budget deal since it does not include a DACA fix.