Cut the Deal Already!

by Andrew Stiles

There seems to be a growing consensus, particularly among GOP senators, that House Republicans should accept whatever spending deal is on the table — rumored to be in the $37-39 billion range — even if that means a final package that does not include a policy rider restricting funds to Planned Parenthood, and dig in for the larger spending fights to come over the debt limit and Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget.

Sen Tom Coburn (R., Okla.): “It’s pretty unrealistic to think with this president that you’re going to get a lot of riders…That’s number one. Number two is, what’s the greatest moral dilemma of our day? Abortion certainly is a big one, but if we don’t address all these other financial issues that are going to cripple those that are with us, we’ll be making a mistake.”

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R., Ga.): Said GOP should drop riders for now and move on, a shutdown would be “absolutely crazy.”

Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.): “Democrats should give on spending proposals because we need more discipline and Republicans should give on the the extraneous policy riders so that government does not shut down.”

Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.): “We need to get past this year’s budget, and move onto the more serious discussion of our nation’s long-term fiscal health.”

Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.): “It is my sincere hope that the leaders of both parties will be able to reach a fiscally responsible compromise soon so we can continue to address the nation’s pressing issues — from private sector job creation and rising gas prices to approving a sustainable budget for the upcoming fiscal year.”

A few prominent conservatives have also weighed in on this side of the debate:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.): “I am ready for a big fight that will change the arc of history. The current fight in Washington is not that fight.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: “Nobody’s more pro-life than me. Nobody…But as much as I want to see Planned Parenthood defunded, as much as I want to see NPR lose their funding, the reality is the president and the Senate are never gonna go along with that. So win the deal you can win and live to fight another day.”