An Illinois Republican on Monday said Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) should be "ashamed of himself" for opposing Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget plan.
"Respectfully, Scott Brown ought to be ashamed of himself," Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) told Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network. "This is the defining moment of this generation. We have got to be bold. We know these entitlements have to be reformed to be saved. He knows that."
Walsh added that any Republican opposed to the plan was motivated by "political reasons."
"Any Republican that doesn’t vote for this or doesn’t support this is purely being guided by political reasons," Walsh continued. "This is not time to be politically scared. Every day I am in this town I am more convinced this president has no clue as to the financial cliff we are about to fall off of.”
"While I applaud Ryan for getting the conversation started, I cannot support his specific plan — and therefore will vote 'no' on his budget," Brown wrote in the op-ed.
Last month another centrist Republican, Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), announced she too would not vote for the plan.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is expected to hold a vote on the Ryan budget soon, perhaps as early as this week. Senate Democrats have charged that the Ryan plan is too extreme, particularly for its proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher system for Americans under 55.