Mo Brooks

GOP the party of deficit hawks? That was then.

Republicans rode the tea party wave to power eight years ago on a message of fiscal responsibility and attacking budget deficits, and kept at it during President Barack Obama's two terms. That was then.

Republican leaders early Friday rounded up support for a bipartisan budget bill putting the government on track for annual deficits topping $1 trillion, a gap last seen toward the end of Obama's first term. President Donald Trump tweeted that he had signed the bill, ending a brief federal government shutdown that occurred as lawmakers took up the measure overnight.

The projection for massive budget deficits has split Republicans. Dedicated fiscal conservatives criticized...

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