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GOP U.S. Senate hopefuls don’t like budget deal

Most of North Carolina’s Republican U.S. Senate candidates oppose the budget deal hammered out between leaders of the GOP-controlled House and Senate Democratic leaders.

Not even House Speaker Thom Tillis, who has gotten money from the political action committees of some of the same House leaders who reached the compromise, including GOP Speaker John Boehner.

The deal would reverse some of last year’s sequestration cuts. Spending on defense and domestic programs would rise from $967 billion this fiscal year to more than $1 trillion. However, over 10 years, deficits would go down, due in part to higher fees on air travel.

The bipartisan compromise would forestall a second government shutdown next year.

Tillis wasn’t available, but spokesman Jordan Shaw said he opposes it. “A trillion dollars in spending and debt is not the way to fix Washington’s problems,” Shaw said.

Other candidates panned the budget compromise.

“This budget deal is terrible,” Cary physician Greg Brannon said in a statement. “It’s yet another example of the lack of leadership in Washington. This deal won’t reduce our $17 trillion debt by one cent. Instead it continues to mortgage our children’s future by replacing previously agreed to spending cuts with fairy tale cuts in the future.”

Bill Flynn, a Forsyth County broadcaster, called his representative, Republican Virginia Foxx, and urged her to oppose the deal.

“Raising the deficit now only to cut it years down the road doesn’t really address the issue of overspending and federal growth that is hurting taxpayers now,” he said.

Heather Grant, a former Army nurse from Wilkes County, said the deal doesn’t go far enough. Spending cuts won’t happen for years, she said. And military pay would be cut next year.

“To me, this in and of itself is unacceptable,” she said. “We cannot continue to punish those who volunteer to defend our way of life while refusing to rein in parts of government that are not even authorized under our Constitution.”

Mark Harris, a Charlotte pastor, said that before he can support the deal, he wants to know if the defense cuts called for in the sequester would hurt national security.

He said the bill “shouldn’t be viewed as a potential victory” but rather, “the first of many steps that are desperately needed to fix the out-of-control spending that is pushing our debt and deficit through the roof.”

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