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READ: Sen. Bob Corker Calls Out Republican Leadership Over Proposed Balanced Budget Amendment

Principle over party.
Bob Corker, Donald Trump, spending bill, balanced budget

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee asks questions during a committee hearing November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) had harsh words for his Republican colleagues for floating a balanced-budget amendment after pushing through a $1.3 trillion spending bill last week.

“Republicans control the House, Senate and White House. If we were serious about balancing the budget, we would do it. But instead of doing the real work, some will push this symbolic measure so they can feel good when they go home to face voters,” he wrote on Twitter.

Corker’s statement fired up social media.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee was assured by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) that the House would vote on the balancing budget which would require 60 votes in the Senate and support from three-fourths of the states.

According to a senior GOP aide who spoke to The Daily Beast, Corker’s statements have received stern rebukes from his fellow Republicans.

“Republicans are feeling the heat after campaigning on the deficit and the debt, and then literally voting to do the opposite with levels that may surpass the worst of Obama,” the aide said.

The spending bill has been a contentious topic for Republicans––and for the president.

A few days ago, news broke that President Donald Trump eels “spurned” by the $1.3 trillion spending bill he signed last week which appropriated only $1.6 billion for his proposed border wall, far below the $25 billion he’d sought, and is privately pushing the U.S. military to fund construction for the project he made a cornerstone of his often incendiary campaign.

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