Senate Republicans: Undoing sequester spending caps a nonstarter

October 13, 2013

Rand Paul. (AP Photo)

Raising government spending beyond the levels set by sequestration would be a nonstarter in a deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, three Republican senators said on Sunday.

"If you break the spending caps, you're not going to get any Republicans in the Senate," Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.) said on ABC News's "This Week."

When asked whether there were any terms he couldn't accept in a compromise, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also cited spending increases.

"I think the one thing I cannot accept and the one thing that I think is really not even a compromise at all is the Democrats want to exceed the sequester caps,” Paul said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It's funny they're all about Obamacare being the law of the land, but so is the sequester."

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) also said on "Fox News Sunday" that his party would be unlikely to accept any deal that included increasing spending beyond the levels set under sequestration, a slate of across-the-board reductions in spending intended to be so bad that both parties would be forced to compromise on a budget "grand bargain." Such a deal was never brokered, so sequestration went into effect earlier this year.

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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