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

Apr 12, 2011 4:31pm

ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:

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 this 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 this morning to flesh out specifics.

Check out the specifics of the nearly $40 billion in cuts to the budget for the current year

The House is set to takes up 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.”

“I know that Jim Jordan and others are frustrated. And I’m frustrated too. The House position was $61 billion, but this is the best deal we could have gotten given the situation we were served up by the Democrats being in charge of the Senate and the White House,” Cantor, R-Va., said. “I think Speaker Boehner went in against all odds and actually got the president, the vice president and Harry Reid in the Senate to go along with spending cuts.”

Cantor side-stepped questions whether he could pass the bill without any Democratic support.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday morning that with the bill not posted until early this morning, it was too early to tell how many House Democrats will end up supporting the measure.

"It was not filed until late last night. I don't think either side has had an opportunity to review it fully," Hoyer, D-Maryland, said. "We will have to see, first of all, what the specifics are of the legislation."The House's No. 2 Democrat would not reveal whether he would end up supporting the deal, but suggested he would by emphasizing his support for previous spending bills and pointing out that without compromise it is impossible to legislate." 

Hoyer would not reveal whether he would end up supporting the deal, but suggested he would by emphasizing his support for previous spending bills and pointing out that without compromise it is impossible to legislate.

"My staff is going through it, I am going to be going through it," Hoyer said. "I think the President and Mr. Reid made a bad situation less bad. As you know, I voted for the last two, and I believe that it is responsible to move forward. And, furthermore, as I pointed out on the floor, as Henry Clay said, if you can't compromise, you can't govern, so that I will be looking at it in that context."

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