A large coalition representing more than 100 conservative and Tea Party-affiliated groups said Monday that it will not support Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) new plan to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
In a statement, the Cut, Cap and Balance Coalition said, "To be clear, we are not criticizing the Speaker; however, we cannot support his framework."
According to the group, Boehner's plan is too far removed from the principles of cutting spending, implementing annual spending caps and adding a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution articulated by the "cut, cap and balance" bill that passed the House last week.
Groups represented by the coalition include Freedom Works, the American Conservative Union, Americans for Prosperity, Concerned Women for America, 60 Plus, Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Express, GOProud, Club for Growth and others, including multiple locally-based Tea Party groups from across the U.S.
Boehner's two-step plan would include a short-term $1 trillion debt ceiling increase along with $1.2 trillion in spending cuts. In the second step, an appointed commission composed of lawmakers would recommend additional deficit-reduction proposals, which Congress could then vote on.
The statement called the proposed congressional commission "troubling," adding: "History has shown that such commissions, while well-intentioned, make it easier to raise taxes than to institute enduring budget reforms."
The coalition also objects to separating a vote on the balanced-budget amendment from the debt-ceiling raise and pushing the vote to later in the year, saying that doing so "minimizes its importance."
Signs of discontent from the Tea Party wing of the Republican party started earlier on Monday. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a Tea Party favorite, criticized both Boehner's plan and the plan released by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as "political deals" in a tweet.
"We don't need a commission, we need a balanced budget amendment," he said.