After an intense countdown to a near Government shutdown, many are wondering what happened last Friday with Washington insiders. Many Conservatives feel as though the Republican caucus did not hold out and not back down to achieve a greater number of budget cuts. Others are glad there was any spending cuts at all and find it beneficial to the American people that a government shutdown did not occur.
Sean interviewed Boehner yesterday, who seemed eager to defend what he says he fought for behind closed doors. “Are you aware of how much criticism there is among the base about the deal?” Sean begins like a pistol. “I’ve heard a lot of inaccurate information out there, that’s why I’m on your show” replied a defensive Boehner.
He goes on to express that this agreement will cut 78.5 billion, and that had Republicans not won last November, 78.5 billion more would have been spent. However, he did admit “you haven’t seen my celebrating this because it’s a small step, but it’s a worthwhile step.”
While Sean expresses the opinion that many believe Republicans should have allowed a government shutdown instead of giving in to a small debt reduction, Boehner is glad it did not come to a government shutdown. He is proud that “there’s not one earmark in this bill” although admits “big entitlement programs are the issues that have to be addressed.”
When asked how contentious negotiations were behind closed doors with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama, Boehner said “polite but firm. I gave everything I had to get as much as I could for our team.”