Republican Senators Are Not Supporting Ryan Budget Deal

Perhaps my questioning the existence of the tea party was premature. The Daily Mail suggests there might be resistance to the Ryan budget deal in the Senate.

A landmark budget agreement that passed in the U.S. House on Thursday faces certain death in the Senate unless at least five Republicans step up to support it – but so far there are no takers at all.

The GOP’s Senate leaders plan to launch a procedural effort to kill the plan over a laundry list of objections – including a claim that it short-changes military veterans and other government retirees.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin conceded that he needs to find Republicans who will vote for the measure after Republicans announced their intention Thursday night to block the deal.

‘We need Republican votes to pass the budget agreement, period,’ Durbin told reporters on Thursday. ‘We need at least five. And I’m hoping that there will be more than that.’

Durbin, an Illinois Democrat and the third-most powerful Senate leader, acknowledged that ‘there are not five Republicans who have announced they’re for it.’

In fact, no Republican senators have publicly said that they will vote in favor of the agreement that Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray unveiled Tuesday evening.

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The GOP’s three most senior senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have announced that they will vote ‘no.’

Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, all considered top-tier presidential contenders in 2016, are all lined up against the measure.

Of course, not Republican in the Senate can be labeled as “tea party.” Mitch McConnell, for example, has been openly speaking against the tea party. But the fact remains that they probably need, and know they need, tea party votes to remain in office.

This should give us some hope. Even those who oppose and resent us still acknowledge that the tea party has real political power. In other words, it is not just “outside groups,” as John Boehner claimed. Real voters want real budgetary reform.








Mark Horne was born in Melbourne, Florida, but has also lived in Liberia, West Africa, and Kwajalein, Marshall Islands before graduating from high school. He is an experienced editor and freelance writer, working with Gary DeMar, George Grant, Chuck Colson, and many others. He earned a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary and has pastored in Washington State, Oklahoma, and St. Louis, Missouri. Mark is a prolific writer and the author of a layperson's commentary on the Gospel of Mark, a tract on baptism, and a biography of J.R. R. Tolkien. He currently resides in the St. Louis area.

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  • Watchmanonwall

    McConnell is just holding out for a few more billion in pig slop (pork) before he screws America again. The rest of the rinos learned from his example and are lined up at the trough as well.

  • OLJingoist

    Disgusting Bunch …. both parties playing the shell game

  • Karll

    If there’s any truth to this at all, it’s about time Senate Republicans showed some b@lls.

  • ICCC1978

    Never worry- McCain, Graham, Snowe, and a few more RINOs will power the DEMs over the top. Which goes to prove: SUPPORT ONLY THE CANDIDATE , NEVER THE PARTY. The RINOs are not the “loyal opposition” in opposing the majority- they are the supporters of the DEMs. Have we not learned from ’08 and ’12 that RINOs are DEMs using REPUB money to get elected? Once a RINO gets in the WH, he will call the shots HIS way.