(Daily Caller) — After initially drawing praise for extracting spending concessions while averting a government shutdown, Speaker John Boehner now finds himself on the defense against conservatives who feel they were duped regarding the amount of cuts the bill would entail.
It began with a trickle. While most conservatives initially appeared satisfied with the deal Boehner struck, a few leaders, such as Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), signaled early that they might oppose the deal. Pence, for example, told Fox News he would probably vote against the budget deal, but added that Speaker Boehner “got a good deal”. A few others, like Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, flatly said they would vote against it. But most conservatives seemed, at least, grudgingly supportive.
On Wednesday, however, freshman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) issued a statement saying: “I made a commitment to support the House in its pledge to cut $100 billion from the budget . . . This is the first CR that does not achieve that level of spending reduction. As a result, I will vote no when this CR comes before the Senate.” The Examiner’s Mark Tapscott also quoted Johnson as saying, “there is a gut feeling in some quarters today that the Boehner-Obama deal could be in bigger trouble than anybody realizes.”
Things then took a dramatic turn, though, when the AP reported that a new budget estimate “shows that the spending bill negotiated between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner would produce less than 1 percent of the $38 billion in promised savings by the end of this budget year.”