The budget deal hashed out by Paul Ryan and Patty Murray will keep the government and the Republican Party operating for two more years, but the Tea Party wants to #KillTheBill. PHOTO: Reuters
The budget deal struck by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is, in a word, modest. It doesn’t deal with expiring unemployment benefits, it doesn’t try to take on programs like social security or Medicare, and while it totals $20 billion in cuts, the bill doesn’t really place America’s priorities in any particular path. The Republican Party knows it cannot endure another government shutdown, and so they are happy to have a budget bill that doesn’t do a whole lot, but does finance the government for another two years.
That is, enough of the Republican Party knows that they have to pass this bill to avoid a backlash in the 2014 elections, but on the Tea Party end of things, it’s a different story: #KilltheBill.
They caved and are spineless and self serving...... Vets and military are easy targets. I am ashamed of our elected officials. #KillTheBill— Jill (@crazyquiltz) December 17, 2013
#KillTheBill it's unthinkable to allow our veterans to feel the burden of Washington's out of control spending!— ryan wagner (@Patriot30) December 17, 2013
That's just a small sample of the tweets that had #KillTheBill trending across the U.S.
It really doesn’t take much to open the rift within the Republican Party. In fact, any bill of any significance that can pass the Democrat-controlled Senate will expose the fact that the Republican Party has two factions: one that is willing to make deals, and one that isn’t. It is this point that most divides the Tea Party and the Republican Party. The Tea Party draws strength from a hard-line stance on tax increases, spending and anything Obamacare-related, while the Republican Party is willing to bend a little (and it really is a little) when it means the continued survival of the party. Right now, there are still enough dealmakers in the party to sneak through a modest budget to avoid another disastrous government shutdown, in spite of the cries of #Killthebill. The question is, who will replace those Senators and Representatives when they retire or lose. That question will determine the future of the Republican Party.