Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, bashed a bipartisan budget deal struck Monday, criticizing both the “bad” substance of the package and the secretive way in which it was negotiated.
But Jordan, in a sit-down interview with The Daily Signal in his office Tuesday, made clear he blames outgoing Speaker John Boehner for the budget deal, not Rep. Paul Ryan, who is expected to be elected to replace Boehner on Thursday.

“It’s a bad deal,” Jordan, R-Ohio, said, declaring his opposition before he was asked the question.
“It was done in a process that was bad, and the product is not good. You can’t throw together this kind of package—$1.5 trillion in new borrowing authority, breaking the spending caps, and then paying for most of this in the out years. That is not the way we are supposed to be handling things around here if we are going to address the $18-trillion debt problem we have. It’s just not the way you want to do business.”