Conservative group pushes Ryan to undo Boehner budget deal

Outside conservatives are pushing Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.) to throw out the budget deal hammered out by his predecessor just a few months ago.

Heritage Action, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Tuesday it was incumbent on GOP congressional leaders to cut deeper and push President Obama harder.

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In October, outgoing Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE (R-Ohio) hammered out a two-year budget accord in one of his final acts before resignation. The package, which required Democratic support to pass, lifted budget caps by $30 billion in fiscal 2017.

Now, Heritage is joining with conservative lawmakers in pushing Ryan to abandon that accord, and return to the lower caps.

“The elevated…funding level has no business being in a conservative Republican budget blueprint,” the group said in a public memo. “There is absolutely no conservative reason to support a Republican budget at spending levels dictated by Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPatagonia files suit against Trump cuts to Utah monuments Former Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation MORE and congressional Democrats.”

The group's push comes the same day Obama is set to release his final budget proposal while in office. The president's plan has already been rejected out of hand by congressional Republicans, who have gone so far as to not even hold hearings to discuss the document once it is out.

Heritage argued Congress should return to lower funding levels, and satisfy defense hawks among congressional Republicans by making the $30 billion in cuts exclusively from non-defense spending.

One of Ryan’s top goals this year is to see lawmakers pass a dozen appropriations bill, returning to the more traditional model of funding the government, and away from the shutdown fights of the last several years.

But with conservatives lawmakers none too pleased with the BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE blueprint, he is under pressure to come up with a plan that likely cannot count on Democratic support.

Heritage sought to undercut claims that reworking budget levels would upend Ryan's sought-after appropriations process. The group argued that President Obama is unlikely to accept appropriations bills with conservative policy riders at any funding level, so why not push for a more conservative number?

Furthermore, the group noted that if Senate Republicans cannot agree on a budget — 35 GOP senators opposed the Boehner package — they cannot take advantage of the budget reconciliation process that allowed them to push through an ObamaCare repeal in 2015.

And Heritage also issued a warning note to conservatives considering trading a budget vote for another policy priority down the road. The group argued that there is no way to guarantee those promises come to fruition.