Democrat on Budget Deal: 'I'm Skeptical'

By Susan Jones | December 11, 2013 | 6:26 AM EST

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) (AP File Photo)

( - Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) says he's concerned that the budget deal announced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) may not be "balanced."

"I'm skeptical about what I've heard so far," Schiff told CNN's "Crossfire." "I don't want to see an agreement that's balanced on the backs of federal employees who have already given up over $100 billion in terms of sacrifice over the last few years in lost wages and a freeze in terms of their income.

"So is it balanced? This is going to be one of the questions I'm going to have. I don't like the fact there's no ...extension of unemployment compensation in this. I don't know about where we're going with revenue...It doesn't make a lot of sense. Tacking on fees to airline tickets is a strange way to finance the government. I'd much rather see us do away with some of the farm subsidies to the major agra-businesses that don't need them as well as closing other special-interest tax loopholes.

"So I'd have to say, I don't like a lot of what I've heard about it, but the only thing I do like is that it might avoid another shock to the economy."

Schiff said he wants to see an extension of unemployment benefits worked out in a "side deal."

And he gave Ryan credit for working with Democrats, noting it won't be easy for him to "sell" the deal to his own party.