Schumer: Boehner following the Tea Party, not leading it

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) seems to be following the conservative Tea Party wing of the Republican party rather than leading it, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Monday.

Schumer said Boehner is a "decent guy who wants to do the right thing" in the search for a deal to raise the debt ceiling, but can't "corral the hundred Tea Party people who are really way way out there beyond what you'd ever think and bring them on board."

"Instead of Speaker Boehner leading the Tea Party, he seems to be following them," said Schumer, who is chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee.

The Cincinnati Tea Party, which is based in Boehner's district, plans to hold a rally Monday to show their support for the Speaker's debt-ceiling efforts.

Congressional leaders continued negotiations on a debt-ceiling deal over the weekend before diverging on Sunday. House Republicans are moving forward with a two-step plan to raise the debt ceiling with an initial cut of $1 trillion, while the Senate is working on a different plan that would cut $2.7 trillion.

On a Sunday conference call with Republicans, Boehner told his members that it was important to "stick together."

"I think the leaders in both parties and both houses of Congress already agree that we need significant reductions. But if we stick together, I think we can win this for the American people,” Boehner said, according to a source familiar with the call.
 
In the same conference call Boehner said he will unveil a debt-ceiling increase proposal on Monday.

Watch Schumer below.

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—This story was updated at 10:55 a.m.