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Arizona Rep. Gosar comes down on Senate after Trump, Democrats deal

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PHOENIX — A day after President Donald Trump sided with Democrats on funding the government and raising the debt ceiling, an Arizona congressman said the way of doing business had to change.

“We’ve got to do something different. … The House has been doing a lot of work, but the problem is we’re kowtowing to the Senate,” U.S. Rep Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) told KTAR 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News early Thursday.

“The old adage that the Democrats are the obstacle but the Senate is always the enemy is … apropros here.”

The Washington Post reported that “derailing of the package deal appeared unlikely” and that the Senate hoped to OK the continuing resolution and send it back to the House to pass before the weekend.

One of the goals of the three-month spending bill was to make money readily available for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Republicans, in the first week back from the August recess, were stunned.

“He threw a curveball high and tight and brushed back the batters on home plate,” Gosar said. The House easily passed $7.9 billion in disaster relief Wednesday.

A Senate version added $7.4 billion more.

“Business as usual,” Gosar said.

He also saw trouble from the tax reform talks. “We know very little details about that,” he said.

“Many of my colleagues are balking at the budget deal because it’s our only leverage to find out what is being planned for tax policy.

“… I want to know details. … I want to make sure the American people keep more of their hard-earned money. They do a better job of it than the federal government.”

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