Freedom Caucus Leader Jim Jordan: "Big Concerns" With Paul Ryan Over Spending Increase

In an interview on 'Fox News Sunday,' Rep. Jim Jordan, one of the founders of the pro-fiscal responsibility House Freedom Caucus, said he had "big concerns" with Speaker Ryan over the two-year budget agreement which passed Friday morning. "I’m saying the swamp won and the American taxpayer lost," Jordan said about the $300 billion increase in spending. “Do I think the Speaker has problems? Yes, I do, particularly now as we head into this big immigration debate,” Jordan told Chris Wallace Sunday morning. "I think there are big concerns because he just presided over one of the biggest spending increases in the history of the country at a time when we were elected to do just the opposite." Jordan said the spending bill is "not consistent with what the American people elected us to do, not consistent with what we told them we were going to do." <blockquote>WALLACE: On net, a very good solution. Do you still have full confidence in House Speaker Paul Ryan or is it time for him to leave? JORDAN: Well, here's what I know. Spending bills start in the House of Representatives. The person most responsible for the spending bill is the speaker of the House. He could have stood firm for the position that we passed earlier in the week, the position that our conference then supported. I wish he would have done that. So, do I think the speaker has problems? Yes I do, particularly now as we head into this big immigration debate. Just a few years ago, he was viewed as the fiscal -- the leader of fiscal responsibility in our party and now he presides over a bill that increases spending $300 billion, a trillion dollar deficit, when we were so poised to win this fight. Of course, he's got problems. But the key is let's see what happens next on the immigration issue. WALLACE: You say he’s got problems, Congressman. Is it time for a change? JORDAN: Well, you know, look, we’ll have that debate at the appropriate time. You asked if he has -- if he has -- if there's concerns with the speaker, I think there are big concerns because he just presided over one of the biggest spending increases in the history of this country at a time when we were elected to do just the opposite. WALLACE: Let's turn to immigration. The Senate takes up DACA this week trying to find some solutions, some compromise, and what they are talking about -- and also what the president is talking about, is a package that includes -- now you put the tough part first, the president and some Republicans say that it all comes together, that you're going to have a path to citizenship for the Dreamers in 10 to 12 years. You’re going to have tougher border enforcement on our southern border and also tougher enforcement both legal and illegal immigration. Would you support that package? JORDAN: I’ll support a package consistent with what the voters said. I mean, look, the voters don't trust that Washington is going to do the right thing on immigration and they are tired of this, oh, we’ll give some kind of amnesty to folks who came here illegally and we promise, promise, promise will do something to secure the border -- they’re sick of that play. </blockquote>