Boehner's deal: Not the hill conservatives are choosing to die on 

Conservatives may not be happy with the deal that averted a government shutdown on Friday night, but that doesn't mean they are expressing much genuine outrage or anger toward Speaker John Boehner for making it. Take, for example, this reaction from Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., who appeared today on ABC's "The Week":

"I can't bring myself to be critical of John Boehner, who was squared off against the White House, and liberals in Congress, who couldn't accept a 2 percent budget cut, and who dug in and were willing to shut down the government to continue to send a million dollars a day to the largest abortion provider in America....It sounds like John Boehner got a good deal. Probably not good enough for me to support it, but a good deal nonetheless."

A stronger statement of opposition came from Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who has been plotting a presidential run:

“The deal that was reached tonight is a disappointment for me and for millions of Americans who expected $100 billion in cuts, who wanted to make sure their tax dollars stopped flowing to the nation’s largest abortion provider, and who wanted us to defund ObamaCare. Instead, we’ve been asked to settle for $39 billion in cuts, even as we continue to fund Planned Parenthood and the implementation of ObamaCare. Sadly, we’re missing the mandate given us by voters last November, and for that reason I voted against the Continuing Resolution.”

Bachmann was one of just 28 Republicans who voted against the short-term continuing resolution yesterday. Pence voted for it. So far, among conservative office-holders, this doesn't seem like the hill they want to die on.


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