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 Davis RyanHouse Dems furious with Senate leaders Overnight Finance: Senate confirms Powell as Fed chair | Mulvaney declares 'new mission' for consumer bureau | Trump says solar tariffs will boost jobs GOP rep told aide they were 'soul mates,' but denies harassment claim MORE (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySenate advances Trump's health secretary nominee It's School Choice Week, and Michigan is at the fore of the celebration Collins 'optimistic' ObamaCare fixes will pass 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.