Tea party Republicans arrived in Washington seven years ago with a clear, loud message from angry voters: Slash spending. But once again, spending is going way up. . . .
More battles between the tea party conservatives and pragmatic Republicans are coming, said Robert Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, a fiscal watchdog group.
“It’s going to be very, very difficult to make any big investments in infrastructure after the tax bill and this spending bill,” Bixby said. “It might force them to do something responsible and pass a bill that is paid for, but there’s not been the willingness to do that.”