House Freedom Caucus opposes GOP budget proposal

House Freedom Caucus opposes GOP budget proposal
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The conservative House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday came out in opposition to the GOP's budget proposal that raises debt limits and does away with government spending caps. 

The caucus tweeted its official position against the measure, citing the bipartisan Senate deal's massive expansion of the federal government. 

"Official position: HFC opposes the caps deal. We support funding our troops, but growing the size of government by 13 percent is not what the voters sent us here to do," the caucus said.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsKey conservative presses for shield law after seizure of NYT reporter’s records The Memo: Trump's legal troubles pile up despite release of IG report Wray defends FBI after 'sobering' watchdog report MORE (R-N.C.) predicted after a closed-door meeting with Republicans on Wednesday that the majority of GOP representatives would support the Senate bill, but that it would not pass without more Democratic support. 

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With key fiscal hawks in the House rejecting the plan, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy Mark Sanford’s troubles did not begin with Trump NY Post blasts Trump, GOP over separating families at border MORE (R-Wis.) will now need to earn dozens of Democratic votes for the bill to pass. 

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanAnti-Trump Republicans better look out — voters might send you packing Trump immigration comments spark chaos in GOP Key conservative presses for shield law after seizure of NYT reporter’s records MORE (R-Ohio), a founder of the caucus, said he was disappointed by the deal and said he "never thought the Speaker would go here with these high numbers." 

The Senate deal would set spending levels for military and nondefense spending over the next two years, in time to avoid a federal government shutdown before the deadline of midnight Thursday.