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Paul Ryan tells Marco Rubio to “read the bill” before criticizing budget deal

By on December 12, 2013
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Marco Rubio needs to “read the bill” before criticizing the budget compromise, says U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senator from Miami called the tentative budget agreement as “making it harder for Americans to achieve the American dream,” reports Tal Kopan in Politico.

“Read the deal and get back to me,” Ryan told “Morning Joe” on MSNBC Thursday. “People are going to do what they need to do. In the minority, you don’t have the burden of governing, of getting things done.”

Things are different in the Senate, he added.

The Wisconsin Republican, who chairs the House Budget Committee, hammered out a two year funding agreement with Patty Murray, his Senate counterpart. The goal is to ward off a January government shutdown, as well as break the partisan gridlock gripping Capitol Hill.

Even before details of the agreement were unveiled, many conservatives — including Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz — began criticizing the deal.

Ryan was not surprised by the reaction from the far right, Kopan writes, noting that negative press releases came out before the agreement with Murray was completed.

“This is Washington,” Ryan says. “I would prefer that people would actually read what we’re doing and see the details before forming conclusions.”

“But I’m a big boy, I’ve been around for awhile, it doesn’t really necessarily surprise me.”