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Harry Reid: John Boehner, GOP Leadership Afraid Of Tea Party

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed Sunday that GOP leadership, and particularly Speaker of the House John Boehner, were allowing themselves to be controlled by the Tea Party in the current government spending battle because they were …

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed Sunday that GOP leadership, and particularly Speaker of the House John Boehner, were allowing themselves to be controlled by the Tea Party in the current government spending battle because they were scared of the activist groups.

“The answer is yes,” Reid told Bob Schieffer of CBS’ “Face the Nation” when asked if the GOP was “afraid” of the Tea Party. “The Tea Party is dictating a lot that goes on in the Republican leadership in the House and they shouldn’t, it shouldn’t be that way.”

Last week, the stalemate on a compromise to fund the government through September while cutting spending was supposedly cracked, as leaders on Capitol Hill had reportedly discussed a proposal that settled on $33 billion in reductions. The Associated Press reports Monday on the current state of the negotiations.

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