Trump's GOP ditches fiscal conservatism as budget deal clips wings …

//Trump's GOP ditches fiscal conservatism as budget deal clips wings …

Trump's GOP ditches fiscal conservatism as budget deal clips wings …

The tea party movement that shook up the Republican Party eight years ago flickered to life this week when Congress muscled through a major budget deal that prompted howls of consternation from conservatives who objected to its spending and deficit increases.

But the protests were extinguished quickly by the realities of a Republican government led by President Donald Trump. Although a number of right-leaning groups that ascended in the 2010 midterms, including the powerful political network of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, were among the loudest opponents, there appeared to be little appetite among those groups to exact punishment on Trump or the GOP-controlled Congress.

When the plan was released Wednesday, it came under immediate attack from five Koch-backed groups. They penned a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., decrying the “irresponsible spending levels” and debt limit suspension in the agreement.

On Capitol Hill, a vocal coterie of hard-right lawmakers, including class of 2010 standout Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also protested the bill. Paul took advantage of Senate rules to delay a vote on the budget bill until early Friday morning, after the midnight shutdown deadline.

Charlie Dent, Pa., a centrist Republican who voted for the budget. “And they are going to learn that lesson, I suspect, on this vote.”

There’s also the reality that these groups are quite happy with the tax cuts that Congress passed in December – and aren’t interested in risking the GOP majority by targeting lawmakers who helped make that happen.

The deal, which would add more than half a trillion dollars in federal spending and pile on the federal deficit, passed in the early hours of Friday with the support of a majority of Republicans in both the Senate and the House.

By | 2018-02-12T00:20:36+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Conservatism and the GOP|

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