By Erik Wasson - 03/21/12 03:31 PM EDT
The conservative Club for Growth on Wednesday came out against the new House Republican budget proposal authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (Wis.).
The Club faulted the Ryan plan for not balancing the budget quickly enough and for turning off the automatic spending cuts triggered by the failure of last year’s supercommittee.
“Despite containing several important reforms and pro-growth policies, the Ryan budget falls short in two critical respects,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “First, it does not balance for decades. Secondly, it violates the Budget Control Act by waiving the sequester.”
Conservatives wanted a budget that balances in 10 years without raising revenue — something that could require double the amount of spending cuts.
The Ryan budget turns off $78 billion out of the $97 billion in automatic cuts next year and instead instructs six committees to find $261 billion in cuts over the next 10 years.
“By waiving the automatic spending cuts required under the Budget Control Act, this budget is asking Americans to trust future Congresses to do the hard work later,” Chocola said. “It is hard to have confidence that our long-term fiscal challenges will be met responsibly when the same Congress that passed the Budget Control Act wants to ignore it less than one year later. On balance, the Ryan budget is a disappointment for fiscal conservatives.”
The Club stopped short of demanding a “no” vote on the budget, but did ask for a revision. Some conservatives, such as House Budget Committee member Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), have said they will vote against the Ryan plan.
But House Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a leading conservative, said Tuesday he is leaning toward voting for the Ryan plan even though he is disappointed in how the automatic cuts are handled. Jordan and others wanted the full “sequester” cuts reflected in the 2013 spending cap.
The conservative Heritage Action, which is often aligned with the Club, has not come out against the Ryan plan.
“Chairman Paul Ryan deserves credit for confronting the main drivers of our debt crisis — our runaway entitlement system," the group said in a statement. “Of course, there is much to be done if we are to save the American dream, but this budget signals a seriousness of purpose that Americans expect from their lawmakers. Heritage Action looks forward to a spirited conversation over the future of our country.
— This story was updated at noon.