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Murphy Blames GOP for Deficits After Voting for a Budget That Raises Deficits

April 10, 2018 By Staff
Murphy Blames GOP for Deficits After Voting for a Budget That Raises Deficits

On budget deficits, it appears Chris Murphy is talking the talk, but not walking the walk.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) threw an elbow at Republicans over the issues of debt and deficits in a Tuesday morning tweet:

The junior senator is a talented tweeter, and the results show: as of Tuesday mid-morning, Murphy’s tweet had 865 retweets and over 2,000 likes.

Unfortunately, Murphy doesn’t walk the walk when it comes to deficits.

Just last month, Murphy voted for the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill, which President Trump supported, and which passed the U.S. Senate 65-32.

As the budget watchdog Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) explained last month, the bill ‘spent more than either side asked for,’ and contributed to a larger deficit this fiscal year than originally projected.

Some argue this spending increase simply reversed “sequester” spending cuts that neither side wanted. In reality, the BBA spent well in excess of that – busting the original bipartisan Budget Control Act (BCA) caps set in 2011 and spending well above any major proposal. In fact, the $1.21 trillion spent this year is over $50 billion above the original BCA caps, almost $80 billion above President Obama’s final budget request, $115 billion above the recommendations of the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission, and more than $143 billion above President Trump’s request.

…Put simply, the BBA and omnibus increased discretionary spending by more than either side asked for. And because it wasn’t paid for, the BBA increased the deficit by $320 billion and set the stage for a $1.7 trillion increase if the bill is extended without offsets.

Murphy clearly likes talking about how bad U.S. budget deficits are, but when it comes to voting for big spending packages he won’t bat an eye.