Tea Party groups are warning Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE (R-Ohio) and members of the Republican House majority not to stray from their pledge to reduce spending by the federal government, or they could face primary challenges.

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Judson Phillips, the founder of the group Tea Party Nation, posted an open letter to BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE on his website urging the GOP leader to make "serious and meaningful cuts in the budget."

"You did not become speaker because America suddenly fell in love with you or the Republican Party," Phillips wrote. "You became speaker because America, led by the Tea Party, repudiated Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE, Nancy Pelosi and the party of socialism."

Meanwhile, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler, who was in Washington for the swearing-in of the 112th Congress, said his group is focusing on educating its members about the primary process. 

"Only a small percentage of people make the decision in the primaries," he told The Ballot Box. "We know that Tea Partiers turn out to vote in greater proportions right now than the rest of the population. So we can have a tremendous influence in the primaries, and that allows local people to make sure that they have candidates running that reflect their values."

Meckler said Tea Party Patriots, which has some 3,000 chapters nationally, doesn't endorse candidates.

"Our job is to provide the information," he said. "Our job is to say, 'these are our core principles, this congressman doesn't follow our core principles; go do what you will.' "

Tea Party activists were instrumental in shaping the outcomes of several primaries last year, much to the chagrin of the Republican Party's Washington leadership.