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Tea Party leaders: Boehner should go

Tea Party leaders: Boehner should go

WASHINGTON — Tea Party activists Wednesday began advocating the removal of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, saying he is capitulating to the status quo in Washington.

Tea Party Nation leader Judson Phillips called on Boehner to leave and be replaced by a “Tea Party speaker of the House” in a blog post Wednesday, The Hill reported. Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said her organization was exploring the same idea.

No elected Republicans have publicly called for Boehner to step aside.

“Boehner is in the process of surrendering again. He is surrendering not to [President] Obama, but to the status quo in Washington,” Phillips wrote. “The House passed [the] cut, cap and balance [legislation], which would cut $111 billion from the budget. It would cap spending and set a good course for the future” by seeking a balanced budget constitutional amendment.

Martin expressed a similar sentiment during a breakfast forum sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor, saying a recent poll of members indicated 80 percent weren’t satisfied with Boehner and nearly 75 percent said they would like to see a new House speaker.

In calling for Boehner’s replacement by a Tea Party activist, Philips said, “Boehner has no real interest in solving the problems this country faces. … He worships at the altar of massive spending.”

Boehner this week unveiled a two-step proposal to increase the debt ceiling that drew criticism from conservative members of his caucus. The proposal would raise the debt limit by about $900 billion and set up a commission to find another $3 trillion in deficit reduction and would revisit a debt-ceiling vote next year. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projected Boehner’s plan would reduce the deficit by $850 billion over 10 years, about $350 billion shy of what he estimated.

Many Republicans called on Boehner to back the already-passed “cut, cap, and balance” proposal that is unlikely to pass the Senate.

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