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Conservative Groups Blast Senate Deal

Conservative activist groups on Wednesday blasted the Senate-brokered deal to end the government shutdown and raise the federal debt limit that members of Congress are expected to vote on shortly.

“This announced plan, the details of which aren’t completely known, appears to have little to no reforms in it,” the Club for Growth said in a statement urging lawmakers to oppose the plan. “If this bill passes, Congress will kick the can down the road, yet again.”

FreedomWorks, which is also urging members to vote against the deal, was more blunt in its criticism. “Republican leadership has completely lost its way. Not only is this proposal a full surrender — it’s a complete surrender with presents for the Democrats,” FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe said in a statment. “Apparently Mitch McConnell’s idea of a ‘compromise’ is to increase the debt limit, fully fund a broken health care law, and promise talks of increasing spending down the road.”

Heritage Action announced a “key vote” against the plan as well, writing: “Despite some language addressing the Obama administration’s willful disregard for Obamacare’s income verification requirements, the proposed plan will do absolutely nothing to help Americans who are negatively impacted by Obamacare.” 

The opposition is not surprising, given that the same groups came out against a similar deal crafted by House Republican leadership on Tuesday, which was ultimately abandoned because of a lack of support.

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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