Conservative FreedomWorks Questions Boehner’s ‘Credibility’ On Spending

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The conservative activist group FreedomWorks is returning fire back at House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who said Thursday that conservative groups have “lost all credibility” by attacking a budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).

“Speaker Boehner may not care about what fiscally conservative groups do, but grassroots Americans still care about what he’s doing in Washington,” FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in a statement. “When it comes to ‘credibility,’ actions speak louder than words. And right now, it looks like the Speaker is leading the charge for spending increases and recruiting Democrat votes in the House to help get it done.”

FreedomWorks is “key voting” the deal, or including the vote in their scorecards for members of Congress, which would raise spending to $1.012 trillion in 2014 and $1.014 in 2015 — up from the $967 billion sequester-level spending set previously.

Boehner sounded off against Club For Growth, Heritage Action, FreedomWorks and Americans For Prosperity for the second time on Thursday.

“Frankly I think they’re misleading their followers,” he said at a Capitol Hill press conference. “I think they’re pushing our members in places where they want to be. And frankly I just think they’ve lost all credibility.”

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