John Boehner Calls Conservative Groups 'Ridiculous'

Boehner asks conservative campaign groups to lay off of members.

House Speaker John Boehner, left, joined by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, takes reporters' questions on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has about had it with the conservative campaign groups trying to manipulate his rank-and-file members.

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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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In the House of Representatives, Ryan's colleagues seemed resigned to the fact that the budget deal was the best option to prevent Congress from getting entangled in another politically costly government shutdown next year. The plan, which would reduce the federal deficit by $23 billion over the next two years, is far from the Republicans' preferred plan, but many emerging from the Wednesday caucus meeting agreed it is a good first step.

"The caucus feels good they reached a deal," says Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., who is still deciding whether to vote for the compromise. "There are always ways to make it better, but they've reached a compromise to move forward."

Other conservatives blasted off statements Wednesday morning applauding the deal.

"This deal reduces our deficit without raising taxes and provides smarter cuts and reforms that will help make our government more responsible and efficient," Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., said in a statement. "We have much more work to do to tackle our nation's fiscal challenges, but in a divided government, we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good."

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