Two members of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) responded the same way to the budget deal that passed early Friday morning, saying, “the swamp won and the American taxpayer lost.”
The budget deal increases both military and non-defense spending by $300 billion over the next two years, and also includes $89 billion in disaster relief.
“I’m saying the swamp won and the American taxpayer lost,” Jordan said on Fox News Sunday. “And here's the frustrating thing: we were so poised to win. Three weeks ago, we sent a bill to the Senate. Chuck Schumer shut down the government, didn't pay our troops because he said amnesty was more important. Earlier last week, the House sent the same bill, the exact same bill to the Senate, except we did one thing different. We funded the military for the entire year.”
He continued “And instead of standing firm, our leadership said, no, no, no, let's do what Washington always does,” said Jordan. “Let's just spend more on everything. Let's just grow government, give into the Democrats instead of fighting and stand firm, and do what the people elected us to do.”
“They gave into the Democrats and we got this boondoggle that we passed,” he said. “I didn't vote for it, but that passed on Friday morning.”
Jordan also said that the budget deal was “not consistent with what the American people elected us to do.”
“And in your first segment with Mick [Mulvaney], look, he said we don't have 60 votes in the Senate to get some things done,” said Jordan. “And I'm all for changing the Senate rules. But the last time I checked, Democrats don't have 60 votes in the Senate either, and last time I checked there's more Republicans in the Senate than there are Democrats -- more Republicans in the House than there are Democrats and there's a Republican in the White House.”
“So, this deal which increased spending $300 billion, second largest spending increased in a decade, second only to the stimulus, was not what we said we would do and we're going to have to fight harder now as the Freedom Caucus and conservatives to get things back on track,” said the Ohio Republican.
On CBS’s Face the Nation, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said the Republican leadership “caved.”
“I can tell you, the real problem with this particular one is that our leadership caved, the swamp won, and the American taxpayer lost,” Meadows said.
Host Major Garrett asked him, “The Republican leadership caved?”
“Without a doubt,” said Meadows.
“I mean, without a doubt,” he said. “Our regional play was to make sure that we funded the military, we kept other spending flat. That's what we passed.”
“And yet what we got put on House floor just a few hours later was this unbelievable budget deal that spent American taxpayer dollars,” he said.