“Budget cuts affect real people,” said Freda Player, a political consultant with SEIU. “If I can’t afford to buy food to put on the table because they keep cutting and cutting, that’s going to affect the economy.”

The conservative Corker voted in favor of a piece of legislation earlier this month that raised the debt ceiling and will eventually cut about $2.5 trillion from federal spending.

Earlier this week, Corker said he wished there had been deeper cuts and described voting for the bill as “kind of like kissing your sister.”