GOP House Members Join Criticism of Boehner

Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 06:10 PM

By John Gizzi

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Several Republican lawmakers joined in criticizing language used by House Speaker John Boehner about conservative groups who opposed the bipartisan budget deal.

Asking aloud if these are the same groups that "haven't read the agreement," Boehner told reporters that organizations that opposed the budget compromise are "misleading their followers" in claiming the budget deal is not a true conservative policy.

Although more Republican members then not declined to get involved in a dispute between their leader and the groups that helped elect many of them, several opponents of the budget deal also weighed in against Boehner's salvo.

Veteran Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina told Newsmax, "Washington, D.C., Republican insiders presided over a doubling of the size of the federal Department of Education, broke arms to pass the largest increase in an entitlement program since Lyndon Johnson's 'Great Society,' and continue to spend billions of dollars a month to prop up the corrupt regime in Afghanistan."

"Conservatives across America are smart enough to look at the additional red ink produced by this budget agreement and decide for themselves just who is misleading whom," Jones said.

Jones' unflattering commentary on Boehner's remark was echoed by another budget deal opponent, freshman Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas.

"It’s unfortunate Speaker Boehner would be attacking conservatives," Stockman told Newsmax. "He should be working with the grassroots to kill this scheme to blow the doors off spending. I hope he will also lean on senators to block a vote, as senators have unique legislative tools House members do not."

Sophomore Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois spoke for allies of the speaker and the budget deal.

Kinzinger told Newsmax,"Many of these outside groups spend more time sowing dissent within the Republican Party than they do focusing on how to actually advance a conservative agenda. It's easy to see their priorities when virtually every communication they send out contains a fundraising appeal."

Kinzinger conceded that "this deal isn't perfect," but quickly added "if you can never find a way to get to 'yes,' you eventually become a roadblock to your own agenda."

Republican Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia told Newsmax, "Ideally the conservative family needs to settle our differences in private. The stakes are too high for division in the ranks."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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