Oct 28 2015

AL.com: Alabama Republicans bash 'financially irresponsible' budget deal

Three members of Alabama's congressional delegation slammed the budget deal agreed to Tuesday between legislative leaders and President Barack Obama, calling the agreement that lifts spending caps on defense and raises the debt ceiling for two years "financially irresponsible" and "gimmicky."

The budget is expected to pass the House today, with the Senate expected to approve it as early as this week, the Associated Press reported.

Both Alabama Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby indicated they would reject the agreement.

Sessions suggested that the House not vote on the deal until it elects a new speaker, which is scheduled for Thursday. He said there was no urgency to raise the debt limit for two years, saying that could be done independently of a budget deal on a short-term basis.

"The people want an end to wasteful Washington spending," Sessions said in a statement. "Lifting the budget caps and raising the debt ceiling through 2017 only ensures that our ineffective bureaucracy continues its wasteful ways while momentum in Washington for debt reduction stalls out.  It eliminates a powerful opportunity to advance the case for financial discipline."

Shelby said the deal does nothing to trim the debt.

"I strongly oppose this last-minute budget 'deal' that exacerbates our nation's debt crisis and increases runaway government spending.   As long as the federal government spends far beyond its means and continues down the same unsustainable path, our economy will suffer.  There is absolutely no excuse for continuing to add to our nation's debt that will fall on the backs of future generations."

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, said from the House floor that the debt deal "threatens America" and "should be defeated."

"This week, Congress faces yet another last-second debt deal, negotiated in secret, sprung at the last moment, that fails the American people by not fixing the cause of the debt ceiling problem:  out-of-control deficits," he said.