Rep. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Sasse: RNC help for Roy Moore 'doesn't make any sense' Sasse calls RNC decision to resume support for Moore 'bad' and 'sad' MORE (R-Ariz.), who is running for Senate in 2012, said he was "disappointed" with the spending deal announced late Friday night.

The White House reached a deal with congressional Republicans and Democrats to cut $39 billion from current spending levels. Leaders plan to pass a short-term funding resolution to give them time to convert the agreement into legislative language, but the main outlines of the compromise have been set.  

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"A lot of us are quite disappointed with the level" of spending cuts, Flake said. "It's not very big."

He called Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE's (R-Wis.) 2012 budget resolution, which would cut $5.8 trillion over 10 years and curtail entitlement spending, the "big leagues."

"This is small ball," he said. "But you've got to take some cuts where you can get them. These discretionary cuts are important because it takes from the baseline and it compounds year to year."