Bachmann: Ryan-Murray Deal 'Minuscule Step' Toward Budget Solution

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 06:32 PM

By Greg Richter

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The Ryan-Murray budget deal will pass the House of Representatives with Democratic votes and some Republicans, says Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., but it is a "minuscule step" in the direction of solving America's budget issues.

"It will pass because (Democratic Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi has come out and she told her members to embrace this bill," Bachmann said Thursday on Fox News Channel's"Your World with Neil Cavuto." Bachmann also expects "a strong contingent of conservatives" to vote for the bill.

Though she plans to vote against the bill, Bachmann said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., did a "good job" negotiating the deal with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

"Paul did the best he could with the hand that was dealt him. I give him a lot of kudos, and a lot of praise," Bachmann said, adding that she agrees with Ryan that the deal now allows Republicans to focus on dismantling Obamacare rather than worry about being blamed for another government shutdown.

"It does give people certainty going forward," she said.

The good thing, she said, is there is a budget. "But does it balance? No. Does it balance in the near term? No. Does it balance in the long-term? No."

GOP Senate leaders have opposed the bill,  but with only 45 votes to the Democrats' 55 have little chance of stopping it.

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