By Peter Schroeder - 02/09/16 10:18 AM EST
Outside conservatives are pushing Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP duo unveils healthcare bill maintaining parts of ObamaCare House committee to take up mental health reform in June John Feehery: GOP: Listen to Reince 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.
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 ObamaBill Press: Bernie is not a threat John Feehery: GOP: Listen to Reince 5 takeaways from the rush for campaign cash 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 BoehnerJohn Feehery: GOP: Listen to Reince House GOP budget 'SWAT' team is formed GOP rep to retire, opening 10th Florida seat 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.