By Peter Sullivan - 12/11/13 11:53 AM EST
Conservative radio host Mark Levin gave Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) an earful over the budget agreement on his show Tuesday night in an indicator of the tough sell Ryan has to make to the right.
Levin criticized the $23 billion in deficit reduction in the deal as not cutting enough.
Ryan defended the deal by saying Republican concerns about military cuts in the sequester prevented him from holding out for a better deal.
“The point I’m trying to make, Mark, is too many of our members do not support sticking with the sequester because of concerns about the military,” Ryan said.
“And what I do not want to see is a situation where we have Republicans so worked up about the sequester that they’re willing to take spending increases without offsets or even tax increases. I want to prevent that from happening. This agreement prevents that from happening.”