GOP Preps For Spending Battles
Despite taking a beating this week in the “fiscal cliff” showdown with President Obama and Democrats, conservative Republicans have vowed to regroup in coming weeks and redouble their efforts to rein in federal spending.
Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican, who voted against the fiscal cliff deal Tuesday, predicted the next three months are “going to get really difficult” as Congress takes up the next big budget fight: the looming vote to raise the debt ceiling.
“At some point, Congress has to get serious about cutting spending,” he told The Washington Times.
Rep. Scott Garrett, New Jersey Republican, the conservative vice chairman of the House Budget Committee, also voted against the fiscal cliff compromise.
Afterward, he said the passage of the bipartisan deal “certainly cannot be a start of a trend” if Republicans want to have any credibility on spending issues. He predicted voters will sour on the president and Democrats when they learn that the fiscal cliff deal does nothing to cut the deficit and, in fact, increases spending because of measures such as extending unemployment insurance payments.