Politics & Government

Federal budget deal slammed by Bevin, Paul

Matt Bevin, left,  and Sen. Mitch McConnell
Matt Bevin, left, and Sen. Mitch McConnell

A Republican U.S. senator from Kentucky and a candidate for Kentucky's other Senate seat both criticized the budget deal Wednesday.

"This deal blows a hole in our budget by boosting spending this year by $60 billion and piling on $7 trillion of new debt in the next ten years," U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said on Facebook. "It raises taxes and continues the Washington gimmick of increasing spending while promising future spending cuts that never take place."

Paul also issued this statement: "There is a recurring theme in Washington budget negotiations. It's 'I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.' I think it's a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now, for the promise of cuts later. The small sequester spending cuts were not nearly enough to address our deficit problem. Undoing tens of billions of this modest spending restraint is shameful and must be opposed. I cannot support a budget that raises taxes and never balances, nor can I support a deal that does nothing to reduce our nation's $17.3 trillion debt."

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, who is running against Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Republican primary, also issued a statement ripping the budget deal — and McConnell, who had yet to issue a statement Wednesday: "Again, Mitch McConnell is missing in action when our nation most needs leadership. Instead of leading, he is dodging a major issue while waiting to see which way the political winds are blowing. This deal is bad for America because it raises spending in the short-term for long-term cuts that everyone knows will never happen. McConnell should lead Republicans in demanding a deal that, at a bare minimum, sticks to the existing savings of the sequester."

Herald-Leader Staff Report

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