Sen. Rand Paul, a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, has rejected the House-Senate budget compromise, comparing the delay in deficit-cutting to Wimpy’s line in the old Popeye cartoons: “I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

“There is a recurring theme in Washington budget negotiations. It's 'I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.' I think it's a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now, for the promise of cuts later," Paul said in a statement.

"The small sequester spending cuts were not nearly enough to address our deficit problem. Undoing tens of billions of this modest spending restraint is shameful and must be opposed. I cannot support a budget that raises taxes and never balances, nor can I support a deal that does nothing to reduce our nation's $17.3 trillion debt."

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