We’re guessing there may be an interesting conversation brewing at the Mack household over the federal budget.
Rep. Connie Mack, a Florida Republican, described Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan as “a joke” when he was in Orlando for a tea party forum.
“You know that budget was a joke, doesn’t balance the budget for years,” Mack said, according to published reports.
Mack, a U.S. Senate candidate, was campaigning in Florida when the GOP-controlled House passed the budget plan last week.
But his wife, Palm Springs Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack of Palm Springs — was in Washington and did vote in favor of it.
We asked Bono Mack about her husband’s comments while she was in Indio this morning.
Bono Mack said she hadn’t heard about his criticism, but admitted Mack is “frustrated” that Congress hasn’t passed a budget that the country can understand and get behind.
“Connie is very frustrated. He’s frustrated that we can’t get a simple plan passed,” Bono Mack said this morning.
“He has always been a budget hawk.”
Mack is the author of the so-called “penny plan,” a budget proposal that would cut a penny from every federal dollar spent for six years and implement a spending cap in the fiscal year 2018.
Bono Mack in August agreed to co-sponsor the idea.
Despite the criticism of Ryan’s plan, Mack’s spokesman said the congressman would have supported the idea anyway.