WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Staunch fiscal conservative Grover Norquist is praising the Congressional budget plan, calling it “a good deal.”
The president of Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist said that although some more spending cuts could have been added to the Tuesday deal, Democrats looking for increases in spending were successfully rebuffed in the budget plan.
“I wish they had replaced the fees with real spending cuts,” Norquist told Newsmax, “but it’s a good deal. Democrats wanted three things and got none of them.”
Norquist continued: “Democrats wanted $1.4 trillion in tax increases, including an increase in the income tax. They got none of it. They wanted the complete end of the sequester. That didn’t happen and the sequester won’t go away. And they wanted to ratchet up spending limits. That didn’t happen.”
The ATF founder and president is widely known for his “no new taxes” pledge that fiscal conservative members of Congress sign to indicate that they will not support any increases in government spending. The pledge was signed by 95 percent of Republican congressman in fall 2012.
He condemned President Barack Obama’s economic policies last year, saying that the president’s theories are based on “ridiculous left-wing fantasy.”
Norquist, along with House Speaker John Boehner, are pushing against some conservative groups and members of Congress who are against the sequester relief in the new budget deal. Norquist lauded the efforts of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., calling the former Republican nominee for vice president a “hero.”
Norquist reassured conservatives that the deal will increase savings in the future and cut government spending now.
“[Conservatives] should just consider that, by agreement, the federal government will spend less than it did before. That’s pretty good.”