House Republican leaders defended a new bipartisan budget agreement Wednesday, as some conservatives and liberals voiced objections to an $85 billion compromise that would fund federal agencies through the fall of 2015.
After a briefing for the GOP rank and file behind closed doors Wednesday morning, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) blasted groups that he said came out in opposition to the deal before having seen what was in it.
“They’re using our members, and they’re using the American people for their own goals,” Boehner told reporters. “This is ridiculous. If you’re for more deficit reduction, you’re for this agreement.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) congratulated Ryan on “the hard work behind trying to get a deal in this divided government we’re in.” He said it accomplishes deficit reduction and permanent federal pension reform, “and it doesn’t raise taxes.” He added that the deal was consistent with Republican efforts to replace the mandatory budget cuts known as the sequester with “permanent savings that make a lot more sense.”