Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) appeared annoyed Thursday morning with Republican critics of the budget deal he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) unveiled earlier this week.
Almost immediately after Ryan and Murray announced they had hammered out a budget agreement on Tuesday, conservative groups including Heritage Action, Club for Growth and FreedomWorks came out against the deal, saying Republicans should reject it outright.
Even Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) slammed the budget deal, writing in a post on Breitbart News Wednesday that the deal would “make it harder for Americans to achieve the American dream.”
“Read the deal and get back to me,” Ryan, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee and chairman of the House Budget Committee, said Thursday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“People are going to do what they need to do. Look, in the minority you don’t have the burden of governing,” he said, adding that Rubio’s lightning fast move to denounce the bill “was a little strange.”
“It is what it is,” he added.
During a separate interview on CBS News’ “This Morning,” Ryan responded to opposition from conservative political groups.
“We were a little caught off-guard that they came out against the agreement before we even reach the agreement,” Ryan said. “That was a little frustrating.”
He said the deal is not perfect, but is a “good agreement,” adding that it advances the GOP’s principles in a “modest” way.
The Ryan-Murray budget agreement would lower the deficit by $23 billion while rolling back the $63 billion in sequester cuts. It would also raise some airline fees and require that federal workers pay more into their pensions.
Further, the deal sets the budget caps for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 at $1.012 trillion and $1.014 trillion, respectively. The current budget caps for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 are set at $967 billion and $995 billion, respectively.
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