Some GOP lawmakers see the budget sequester set to take place on Friday as a disaster, but tea party Republicans are ready to declare victory because it will finally produce the kind of deep spending cuts they say Congress and the president have been unable to accomplish.
“This will be the first significant tea party victory in that we got what we set out to do in changing Washington,” Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a conservative tea party Republican first elected in 2010, told the Washington Post.
Wisconsin Republican Rep. Reid J. Ribble, a conservative who was also elected in 2010, is not a member of the tea party. But he agrees with Huelskamp that the movement does deserve the right to celebrate over the pending cuts because it was "significant in getting the American people’s attention on this problem.
"You have to give them credit," Ribble told the Post.
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