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Sen. Sessions Comes Out Against Ryan-Murray Budget Deal

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By Elliot Jager   |   Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 02:35 AM

Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions said he opposes Wednesday's budget compromise hammered out by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., The Hill reported.
 
Sessions, the senior Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said he was not able to support the deal because discretionary spending will rise beyond sequestration levels.

While $85 billion in savings will be achieved through spending cuts and revenue increases, the plan would add $63 billion to agency budgets.

House Speaker John Boehner defended the deal and implicitly criticized tea party opposition. "They're using our members and they're using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous. Listen, if you are for more deficit reduction, you are for this agreement," Boehner said.

The Ryan-Murray compromise was not voted on by the House Senate conference committee of which Sessions is a member. Instead, it will go directly to the House for a vote.
 
Sessions says the outcome "is not a budget and was never formally considered, crafted, or voted upon by the conferees," according to the Hill.

He said he appreciated the hard work Ryan and Murray put into their agreement, but he would not support it because, "Much of the spending increase in this deal has been justified by increased fees and new revenue. In other words: it's a fee increase to fuel a spending increase — rather than reducing deficits."

Sessions — a social and fiscal conservative aligned with the tea party — also noted that the compromise left the government without a formal conference resolution.

"The result is legislation from Chairman Ryan and Chairman Murray, leaving Congress without a budget resolution for the fourth straight year," he said.
 
There were no lawmakers on either side of the aisle who were enthusiastic over the Ryan-Murray compromise. Sens. Marco Rubio, R.-Fla., and Rand Paul, R.-Ky., who are potential 2016 presidential candidates, came out against.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who is up for reelection in 2014 will probably also oppose the deal, The Wall Street Journal reported.
 
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