Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Bachmann'Real Housewives' producer 'begging' Conway to join cast Ex-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog MORE (R-Minn.) expressed sympathy on Monday for Tea Party groups' dissatisfaction with House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill MORE's (R-Ohio) leadership on the debt ceiling.
Bachmann, founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, gave her blessings to representatives of Tea Party groups who, at a Monday event, questioned whether the Speaker had done enough to address spending or shown enough fight in negotiations over raising the U.S. debt limit.
"Thank you to the Tea Party for not giving up the fight. Your stubborn determination to return our country to its founding principles gives me great hope for conservative accomplishments in the current House of Representatives and for even greater victories in 2012," she said.
Bachmann insisted that any vote to raise the debt ceiling must be attached to a measure to fully defund President Obama's healthcare reform law — a long-shot provision, since the Senate remains in Democratic control.
In an additional swipe at Boehner, she said that the opportunity to cut 2011 spending had been "squandered" in the deal the Speaker negotiated with Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (D-Nev.).
Several Tea Party leaders gathered at the National Press Club on Monday to "attack Boehner's leadership." The Speaker is slated to deliver a highly anticipated speech on economic policy this evening in New York City.
In addition to the pressure from conservatives, Democrats in the Senate have pushed Boehner at the same time to commit to raising the debt ceiling in a timely manner or risk a default, or at minimum damage to U.S. financial markets because of a delay in addressing the volatile issue.