Mike Lee: 'I Can't Vote For' This Budget Deal

Friday, 13 Dec 2013 12:44 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Sen. Mike Lee said he couldn't vote for the budget deal passed by the House Thursday because the increase in spending will make the U.S. budget problem worse.

"I can't vote for a bill that I disagree with. I can't vote for a bill that I think is going to make our budgetary situation worse, rather than better," the Utah Republican told Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom."

The budget plan calls for an increase in discretionary spending and fees, while curbing some of the sequester cuts. Rather than make government more efficient, Lee said the plan "makes government more expensive."

"It takes spending cuts that should be happening now, and it puts them off for 10 years. It actually allows for spending to increase in the short term, with the mere promise that we will cut 10 years down the road," Lee said.

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Lee maintained Congress should rein in spending by following current law under the Budget Control Act of 2011. He said Americans want Congress to "stay the course and, at least, not increase the amount of money that it is taking from the people."

"I'd like to see us, at a minimum, stick with current law with regard to the total amount of money we spend in Washington. I think most of the American people are demanding nothing less than that," Lee said.

Sen. Marco Rubio also expressed concerns about the budget deal on the same Fox News show.

He said the government already spends $600 billion more than it receives in revenues. Rubio maintained cuts in 10 years are unlikely to happen.

"It increases spending over the next two years by $60 billion, and it promises to pay it with cuts over 10. Well, that never happens around here," the Florida Republican said.

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"It only exacerbates an existing problem, which is a government that continues to spend more money than it takes in. That continues to spend money it doesn't have," he said.

Rubio received criticism from within his own party when he questioned the spending plan before details about it were announced. He said he appreciated the hard work that went into the plan, but that parts of the bill had already been known in Washington.

"Everyone's been well aware of the top lines and the most important parts of it, even before they announced any deal. And, of course, since then, it has been reviewed by everyone. And, it's only confirmed our fears about what a bad deal it is for America," Rubio said.

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