Don’t hold your breath.

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) says he expects House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and the rest of GOP leadership to publicly denounce criticism of House conservatives pushing for deeper spending cuts.

Pence, a former member of leadership, put pressure on Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and the rest of the leadership team to silence criticism by more veteran, centrist Republicans of the group of House conservatives who have demanded deeper spending cuts than what has been proposed in bills brought to the floor.

“Look, I have no doubt that Speaker John Boehner and Republican Leader Eric Cantor and the rest of our leadership will privately, and if needs be, publicly denounce any effort to essentially bad mouth the intentions of Republicans that are simply fighting for fiscal responsibility,” PenceĀ said on the Hugh Hewitt radio show.

Pence’s comment is essentially a power play to force GOP leadership into giving political cover to House conservatives, especially the Tea Party freshmen, who have clashed with establishment Republican lawmakers.

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