John Boehner put a happy face on the grinding budget deal reached last night, but reactions varied among the GOP rank-and-file—specifically those with their eye on the Oval Office. Some reactions from around the Beltway, courtesy of Politico:
- Michele Bachman: “The deal is a disappointment for me and for millions of Americans who expected $100 billion in cuts. ... Instead, we’ve been asked to settle for $39 billion in cuts, even as we continue to fund Planned Parenthood and the implementation of ObamaCare. Sadly, we’re missing the mandate given us by voters last November."
- Rand Paul: The CR "does not set us on a path to fixing the spending and debt problems our country is facing. There is not much of a difference between a $1.5 trillion deficit and a $1.6 trillion deficit—both will lead us to a debt crisis that we may not recover from.”
- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.: The Tea Party freshman said “It shows that we’re serious and we’re determined in the fight to cut spending to amounts that we can afford. And that resumes tomorrow on the debt ceiling and on the FY 2012, absolutely. This was one battle in the war, and we won the first battle—and it resumes tomorrow.”
- Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Michigan: “It doesn’t go far enough or fast enough for me, based on what we’ve seen so far. I don’t like the number that I’m hearing."