Freedom Caucus chairman on budget deal: 'The swamp won and the American taxpayer lost'

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsFreedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations House GOP questions FBI lawyer for second day Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus MORE (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, on Sunday slammed the budget deal reached last week, saying that Republican leadership "caved."

“Our leadership caved. The swamp won and the American taxpayer lost,” Meadows told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus have derided the two-year budget deal as a loss for Americans, pointing to increased spending. The agreement lead to a brief government shutdown early Friday, as Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLewandowski: Trump-Putin meeting advances goal of world peace Rand Paul to travel to Russia after downplaying election meddling Implementation of a 'universal basic income' program would be a disaster MORE (R-Ky.) railed against the deal's spending and delayed a vote in the upper chamber.

Meadows on Sunday also denied wanting to take Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit Former Trump aide says he canceled CNN appearance over 'atrocious' Helsinki coverage MORE's (R-Wis.) job, but called for "soul searching" within the party in light of the budget agreement.

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanFreedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations Lawsuit alleges USA Diving ignored sexual abuse of divers GOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives MORE (R-Ohio), a founder of the House Freedom Caucus, had the same message during his own Sunday show appearance.

“The swamp won and the American taxpayer lost,” Jordan told “Fox News Sunday.