Washington (CNN) - The number three House Republican defended Speaker John Boehner Thursday after a Tea Party group accused Boehner of not doing enough to cut spending and said he should be replaced.
California Republican Kevin McCarthy told CNN, "I think one – you should see what Speaker Boehner has done."
Tea Party Nation Founder Judson Phillips said Wednesday that Boehner "looks like a fool" in budget negotiations and needs to push for deeper spending cuts. Phillips told CNN if Boehner didn't get "serious on spending cuts" he would push to defeat Boehner in the next election by recruiting a primary challenger.
McCarthy argued that Boehner already got concessions from Democrats. "The President said he was going to freeze spending. He's already got the Democrats to agree that there had to be cuts. Look how far we're going to go. You haven't seen our budget yet."
Pressed about this Tea Party group insisting that the current GOP cuts weren't enough, McCarthy replied, "we're just starting. I understand the frustration that they are having. We have frustrations the same about where government was going. That's why we ran for office. That's why we fought so hard to get the majority, to get the gavel."
McCarthy noted that Republicans only control one chamber of Congress and just recently took control of the House, and he urged patience. "We didn't get in this place overnight and we're turning it around every step every day so I would say judge us as we go forward, but each step is a great improvement."