House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama may be pleased with the final product of a week of budget negotiations, but watch out: Some House Republicans don't think the deal cuts enough spending.
That's the case with Rep. Dennis Ross, a freshman Republican from Florida. Ross will not support the deal, according to his chief of staff.
"He firmly believes that $39 billion is not enough, especially considering, as we understand it, that $39 billion is not all new savings, but takes into account previous cuts," Fred Piccolo, Ross's top aide, told us.
"The promises of votes and studies are encouraging, but in the end, it is about how much we will borrow against our children's future," Piccolo added. "[Ross] cannot support the 'deal.'"
How many other freshman Republicans will join Ross? We've gotten a few hints there are more to come.
Update: Ross's office passes along a statement: "While I am encouraged that the debate has shifted from where to spend to where to cut, the deal secured Friday is not something I can support. Our original pledge of $100 billion in cuts, or 6% of the $1.65 trillion deficit, was not too much to ask of House and Senate Democrats, or the President. In fact, members of the House took a 5% budget reduction this year and found efficiencies and ways to save. There is no reason every federal agency and department could not do the same. The Speaker recognizes we have a debt crisis looming and achieved commendable spending reductions. In addition, It is clear from the past weeks that Senator Reid and President Obama still do not recognize the crisis facing our country, nor are they willing to lead."
"Citizens all across our great country have been forced to endure painful household budget cuts. The agreement secured Friday cuts the federal budget by 1%. Farmers, Homemakers, Doctors, Teachers, and citizens throughout our communities deserve better from their government than 1%. Our children and grandchildren deserve better than debt to China and diminished futures. From the debt ceiling to the Path to Prosperity, our Republican caucus will have many opportunities to show the American people we heard them loud and clear in November. There are many struggles ahead and I will continue to stand with any of my colleagues who stand with the taxpayer, Democrat or Republican," Ross said.
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