Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama called the Congressional budget deal the “worst piece of legislation” he has ever voted on, but said he continues to have confidence in Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
“There are a lot of cascading effects to what was done last week in my judgment. It was the worse piece of legislation I have voted on since I’ve been in the United States Congress and there’s not another bill that’s a close second,” Brooks said Monday on CNN’s “New Day.” “That’s how bad that debt junkie’s dream bill was last week. But it passed. I wish it hadn’t. We are where we are.”
Host Chris Cuomo asked if Brooks still had confidence in Ryan, and Brooks said he’s sticking by the speaker despite his many concerns.
“I don’t know of anyone else that is running for speaker of the house and right now if I had to vote today on whether to retain Paul Ryan as speaker of the house I would vote to do so,” Brooks said. “It’s about a comparison. You have to have alternatives and Paul Ryan is it. And he’s got a very difficult situation interacting with this White House, this Senate and all the different groups of congressman in the House of Representatives and quite frankly, he’s done a pretty good job of juggling five and 10 and 15 balls all at the same time. Very difficult task. And so I’m comfortable with Paul Ryan.”
“Do I have reservations about busting through the spending caps last week and non-defense matters? Absolutely,” Brooks continued. “I have reservations about the threat that poses to the United States of America going forward. I have reservations about the impact that’s going to have on the stock market. You’ve already seen a depressing effect there. I have reservations about escalating interest rates that are going to make it more costly to do business, for people to buy homes.”
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