Club for Growth pans budget agreement as ‘smoke and mirrors’

The conservative Club for Growth on Wednesday came out against the budget deal struck by Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanTrump: ObamaCare replacement coming in 'a couple of weeks' GOP Congress unnerved by Trump bumps Top Dem: GOP is terrified of Trump MORE (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurraySenate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order Oprah's network provides Senate with tape of abuse allegations by Puzder's ex-wife: report How many GOP senators will stand up to megadonor DeVos? Just 2. MORE (D-Wash.).

The Club said the agreement swaps spending cuts already in place for "the dubious promise of debt reduction a decade from now.”

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“Apparently, there are some Republicans who don’t have the stomach for even relatively small spending reductions that are devoid of budgetary smoke and mirrors,” said Club President Chris Chocola.

The Club said it would key vote against the agreement, meaning votes in favor of the argeement would be counted against lawmakers on the group’s annual scorecard.

"If Republicans work with Democrats to pass this deal, it should surprise no one when Republican voters seek alternatives who actually believe in less spending when they go to the ballot box,” Chocola said.

The Club urged Congress to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government that retains the sequester savings, instead of passing a "flawed proposal" that replaces $63 billion of the automatic cuts.
 
The House is expected to take up the budget on Thursday before leaving town at the end of the week.