House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCannabis company says CBS refused to run its Super Bowl ad advocating for medical marijuana Breaking the impasse on shutdown, border security McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader MORE (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he "should be" considered a member of the Tea Party movement.

BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCannabis company says CBS refused to run its Super Bowl ad advocating for medical marijuana Breaking the impasse on shutdown, border security McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader MORE, 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 BachmannMichele Marie BachmannYes, condemn Roseanne, but ignoring others is true hypocrisy Bachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate MORE (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 RyanPaul Davis RyanAs new Congress begins, federal-state connections are as important as ever Trump once asked Paul Ryan why he couldn’t be ‘loyal': book AEI names Robert Doar as new president MORE (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."