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• “This budget deal falls far short of what is needed to address the nation’s fiscal challenges. It will not have any significant impact on the national debt, and, in fact, increases federal spending for the next two years.” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts announcing his opposition to the Ryan-Murray budget proposal.
Roberts’ opposition was expected given his challenge by a tea partier in next year’s GOP primary. In fact, Roberts’ challenger, Milton Wolf, called for Roberts to oppose the plan a little more than two hours before the senator announced his position. There is little doubt that Roberts, even after decades on Capitol Hill, senses a real threat from the unknown Wolf, a political newcomer.
• “If this deal also leads to less drama over the debt ceiling and Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations, then the American people will see a much more functional Congress and a much less melodramatic fiscal discussion. Yes, this is just a first step, but it is the essential first step toward eventual congressional action on a long-term debt stabilization plan.” — former Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, a Republican and now a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, on the bipartisan budget agreement now before Congress.
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