FreedomWorks president: Boehner at risk of splitting caucus
December 4th, 2012
03:41 PM ET
1 year ago

FreedomWorks president: Boehner at risk of splitting caucus

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner introduced the GOP's deficit-reduction proposal Monday, but not all Republicans are fully behind the offer–including the president of the conservative group FreedomWorks.

"I think (Boehner) is negotiating with himself," Matt Kibbe told CNN on Tuesday. "I wish Republicans would lay out a more substantial vision."

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The GOP plan promises $2.2 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade, including $800 billion in revenue from tax reform, $600 billion from Medicare reforms and other health savings and $600 billion in other spending cuts.

It also pledges $200 billion in savings by revising the consumer price index, a measure of inflation.

Republicans said the offer is based on a proposal last year by Erskine Bowles, a Democrat who co-chaired a bipartisan deficit-reduction panel appointed by Obama in 2010. Bowles, however, discounted the GOP plan Monday, saying it reflected his view a year ago but "circumstances have changed since then."

For his part, Kibbe said the plan does not go far enough in spending cuts. The fiscal conservative said Republicans "are getting away with murder" because they're not offering "specifics" in entitlement cuts. "I think Boehner is at risk of splitting his caucus," he added.

The GOP plan, however, did delve into some details Monday, by offering to raise the eligibility age for Medicare, for example.

Kibbe also took issue with efforts to forestall the sequester, a massive amount of spending cuts ($1.2 trillion) set to start kicking in at the beginning of next year if Congress fails to reach an agreement. Whether or not they come up with a plan, Kibbe argued the cuts should still happen.

"They've got to cut spending. These are nominal cuts, these are not draconian cuts," Kibbe said. "This is a slight haircut."

His comments come as the group faces a high-profile departure from its former chairman, Dick Armey, who recently resigned.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • FreedomWorks • John Boehner
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    That's not all his going to split. The weeper allowed the tea fools to take over after the disastrous 2008 mcnasty campaign and he can't ate it back.
    He has absolutely no power because dimwit, cantor, KY man, ms lindsay and others also don't have cojones to stand up to the party that is destroying the GOP.
    Oh well. Wait until 2014 if the country goes over the cliff because they are going down with US!!

    December 4, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. John

    That what wrong with the Republican Party today, They are letting to many group of people that not elected to anything tell them want to do. Than they wonder why they can't win a election, and If they keep going the why they are now ,than In 2014 they will lose a lot of seat In the Senate and Congress. The American people are trying of this Crap that nothing Is getting done. Freedom works and Grover Norquist are not enough for you to keep your Jobs, Or didn't the American people show you Republican In this last election.

    December 4, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. LovesIrony

    Cut the salaries and benefits to all Congress people.

    December 4, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. bearced

    @ name RJ
    Please give examples of how the president is responsible for the money being spent! The last time I checked we were still paying bills from the last administration!

    December 4, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Sorensen

    It is amazing that Boehner cannot see the obvious writing on the wall. HE IS FINISHED. Like McConnell, Prairiebus and a whole bunch of the rest of the old, irrelevant, white males, who make it totally impossible for the almost dead party ever
    to win anything again.

    December 4, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Discernment

    DANGER! DANGER! DANGER WILL ROBINSON!

    (1.) – With Grover Norquist threatening to set up Herman Cain to primary against Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss, , , and;

    (2.) – With Grover Norquist threatening to primary any Republican that supports any revenues to pay off the national debt, , , and;

    (3.) – With "Tea Party iRobots" throwing out Moderate Republican Robots (like Indiana's Dick Lugar) for the slightest appearance of pragmatism . . .

    (4.) – With Dick Armey being thrown out of an extreme-right organization that he started . .

    . . . then all the signs appears be an oncoming Republican-internal-war that could engulf the nation and be dangerous for America.

    December 4, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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