Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday pushed back on criticism to the budget agreement reached with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), saying he wants Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to "read the deal and get back to me."
In a post on Breitbart.com on Wednesday, Rubio wrote that the deal would continue to “make it harder for Americans to achieve the American dream.”
Ryan was asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”on Thursday what he would say to Rubio.
“Read the deal and get back to me,” Ryan said.
The deal calls for $1 trillion in federal spending for fiscal 2015, and would replace $63 billion from sequestration, or automatic spending cuts, over two years. The House is expected to vote on it Thursday.
Ryan said he was also surprised by conservative groups’ opposition to the deal.
Groups like Heritage Action, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, and Americans for Prosperity have come out against the proposed budget.
“We were a little caught off-guard that they came out against the agreement before we even reach the agreement,” Ryan said Thursday on “CBS This Morning.” “That was a little frustrating.”
The deal is a “good agreement,” he said, and advances GOP principles in a “modest” way.
Despite the agreement, Ryan said on “Morning Joe” that he doesn’t predict a bigger deal in the near future.
“I don’t see the difference in the likelihood of a grand bargain.”