Boehner: 'I should be' considered a member of the Tea Party

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he "should be" considered a member of the Tea Party movement.

Boehner, speaking on a Cincinnati radio affiliate, said he is a "big believer" in what the Tea Party stands for, and is in touch often with leaders of the grassroots, conservative movement.

"I should be," Boehner said on WLW radio when asked if he were a member of the Tea Party.

"I don't know if I actually pay dues, but I'm a big believer in the Tea Party," he added. "I talk to Tea Party activists all over my district and all over the country every day."

The top House Republican isn't a member of the official House Tea Party Caucus founded last year by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). His office said at the time that, as a personal policy, the Ohio Republican doesn't join any other caucuses other than the GOP Conference.

But if Boehner considers himself a part of the Tea Party movement, that hasn't absolved him of criticism from some of the members. He and other House GOP leaders have faced some mild criticism for not having been sufficiently aggressive on spending cuts, despite Boehner's promise that there's "no limit" to how much the House could cut from the budget.

Still, the spending for the rest of this fiscal year laid out by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), which would cut $32 billion, falls short of the $100 billion in cuts that Republican leaders called for in their "Pledge to America."

Boehner has pledged an open amendment process that would allow additional amendments and deeper cuts, and on Tuesday he said he expected the GOP to surpass its commitment for $100 billion in cuts.

"We're going to meet our goal and meet our commitment," he said. "As a matter of fact, I would argue that we're going to far exceed what we promised the American people in terms of our willingness to cut spending."

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