Senate Democrats

Schumer Statement On Decision By GOP Conservatives Such As Senator Rubio To Oppose Three-Week Spending Measure

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the following statement today after both Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Jim Jordan—who heads the conservative House Republican Study Committee—announced their plans to oppose a three-week continuing resolution containing $6 billion in spending cuts that was negotiated by their own party’s leadership:

“We agree that running the government two weeks at a time is not good for anyone, but it is the far right that is preventing any compromise on a long-term budget. These Republicans’ decisions to abandon the three-week proposal negotiated by their own party’s leadership suggests that Tea Party lawmakers are unwilling to accept anything short of the extreme cuts in the House budget, even if it risks a shutdown. This is a bad omen that shows how difficult it will be for Speaker Boehner to bring the Tea Party along for any long-term compromise. It is becoming clear that the path to a bipartisan budget deal may not go through the Tea Party at all. In order to avert a shutdown, Speaker Boehner should consider leaving the Tea Party behind and instead seek a consensus in the House among moderate Republicans and a group of Democrats.”