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Apr122011

GOP Rep. Jim Jordan Bucks House Leadership to Oppose Budget Compromise

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Final language for the compromise budget bill that averted a government shutdown has only been out about half a day, but already one prominent House Republican is opposing it.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, stated Tuesday morning that he believes "voters are asking us to set our sights higher,” and that the deal doesn’t go far enough to win his support.

House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the White House agreed to the terms at the 11th hour last Friday, but it took staffers until early Tuesday morning to flesh out specifics.

The House is set to take up an even more drastic set of cuts for next year’s budget later this week. Plus, a fierce debate on the nation’s debt limit looms. Jordan hinted that Republicans will use those vehicles to continue slashing government spending.

“The debate is now turning to next year’s budget and the debt ceiling, both of which offer real opportunities to chart a better future than the one toward which the country is currently headed,” Jordan, R-Ohio, stated. “Making a real impact will require the discipline to do the right thing even when it’s the hard thing.  Americans want us to reach higher, act bolder, and remember the job we were sent here to do.”

Jordan's "no" vote on the funding for the current year should not come as a surprise. The Republican Study Committee tried to amend H.R. 1 to cut a full $100 billion, and Jordan also voted against each of the two short-term CRs.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sympathized with the sentiment of some of his fellow Republicans who believe the cuts do not cut deep enough, but said that the bill is the “best deal we could have gotten.”

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