The Republican Speaker of the House, John Boehner has received harsh criticism from many conservative groups that were opposed to the year-end budget legislation. However, Boehner said that the budget legislation that was passed Thursday was a measure that is in the right direction.
Denouncing Tea Party Opposition
Hours prior to the scheduled vote on the bill, Speaker Boehner repeatedly denounced tea party-aligned organizations for their opposition, mentioning that they were furthering their own personal agenda and not those of the Republican Party or the needs of the country.
He said, “Frankly, I think they’re misleading their followers. I think they’re pushing our members into places where they don’t want to be. And frankly, I just think that they’ve lost all credibility,” He further said that one of the members of the conservative groups pushed the Republicans to halt funding to Obamacare in a bid to shut down the government. This is an apparent reference to Heritage Action.