POTUS Offers a ‘Big Thank You’ as the House Passes Budget Deal — but Not All GOP Lawmakers Are on Board

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President Donald Trump is expressing his appreciation to the Democratic-led House for passing a trillion-dollar budget deal, but not all Republican lawmakers are in support of it.

The House of Representatives passed a budget bill by 284-149 on Thursday to allow $2.75 trillion to be spent over the next two years to keep the government running, as IJR News reported.

Trump took to Twitter to announced that he was “pleased” about the House passing the budget deal and offered to them a “big thank you!”

Additionally, Trump tweeted earlier Thursday that “House Republicans should support the TWO YEAR BUDGET AGREEMENT which greatly helps our Military and our Vets. I am totally with you!”

However, not all GOP lawmakers are on board with the president.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is one of the Republican lawmakers who “could not ultimately support” the budget deal, although it’s “a rare bipartisan compromise.”

“The top-line spending is simply too high,” he said in a statement. “As a member of the generation who has to foot the bill of our massive debt, I cannot support another budget deal that fails to address our out-of-control spending.”

In opposition to the deal, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) called on Congress to “go back to the drawing board, and stop bankrupting America.”

Meadows, who is the leader of the House Freedom Caucus, wrote a USA Today op-ed published Thursday with other members of the caucus — Reps. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) and Warren Davidson (R-Ohio —about how the spending deal is “bad” for the president and the country.

“The bill is deeply flawed,” the caucus wrote.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) took another approach on Thursday by requesting to rename the measure, “”A Bill to Kick the Can Down the Road, and for Other Purposes,'” which 47 people voted for.

“Imagine if bills were named based on what they actually did,” Massie tweeted.

Citing the op-ed written by members of the House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) quoted, “‘It is not compassionate to bankrupt America. Unfortunately with the potential passage of the new budget deal, that is the path our country is on.'”

Although there is opposition to the deal, as IJR Red previously reported, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) previously called it the “least worse alternative.” The deal is expected to be brought up for a vote in the Senate next week.

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