Tea Chair Bachmann: Budget Deal a “Disappointment”
Count among those disappointed in the budget deal that was forged oh-so-dramatically at the very last hour before government shutdown Michele Bachmann, chair of the House teabaggers.
Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called the $39-billion slashing deal a “disappointment.”
Millions of Americans expected $100 billion in cuts and “wanted to make sure their tax dollars stopped flowing to the nation’s largest abortion provider, and who wanted us to defund ObamaCare,” Bachmann said in a statement.
“Instead, we’ve been asked to settle for $39 billion in cuts, even as we continue to fund Planned Parenthood and the implementation of ObamaCare.’
You remember all those campaign ads last election season about defunding Planned Parenthood completely, right? Yeah, me neither. But apparently to small-government conservatives, the most egregious example of government overreach is its funding of pap smears, mammograms, and prostate exams for Americans too poor to afford private medical attention.
Could the entire deal still go off the rails? Other teabaggers are making noise about their unhappiness with The Boehn’s deal:
The deal is still tentative, and Congress passed a one-week stopgap budget to put the bill in legislative form.
“It doesn’t go far enough or fast enough for me, based on what we’ve seen so far,” Tea Party backed-freshman Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) told Politico. I don’t like the number that I’m hearing,”
Steve King (R-Iowa) was one of the 28 Republicans who voted [no] on the budget compromise. He told CBS’ “The Early Show” on Saturday that the experience shows the power of the Tea Party.
“There’s a tremendous amount of leverage there,” he said. “There are 87 freshmen in this Congress. Quite a few of them are here because of the support of the Tea Party,”
There were 70 votes in the House against the stopgap deal passed late Friday (early Saturday) night that avoided a shutdown while The Boehn’s Big Deal is finalized for a vote mid-week. More Democrats than Republicans voted against it.