John Boehner

House Speaker urges conservative groups to stop interfering on Capitol Hill

By Lauren Fox
December 11, 2013 RSS Feed Print

Wednesday during a press conference with reporters, the speaker lambasted groups like Heritage Action, Americans for Prosperity and the CATO Institute for attacking an $85 billion bipartisan budget compromise before it was officially unveiled.

“You mean the groups who opposed it before they even saw it,” Boehner said, when a reporter asked about the conservative pushback on the deal. “They are using our members and they are using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous. If you are for more deficit reduction, you are for this agreement.”

In the hours since House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Chairman Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., released a two-year budget agreement, conservative lawmakers across Capitol Hill have sounded the alarm that the deal is far from what they had hoped.

Sen. Marco Rubio, D-Fla., a possible 2016 presidential contender, announced immediately the deal was short on savings and fiscally “irresponsible.”

“We need a government with less debt and an economy with more good paying jobs, and this budget fails to accomplish both goals, making it harder for more Americans to achieve the American dream,” Rubio said.

Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Tom Coburn, R-Okla., also rejected the plan.

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