As a last ditch effort to scuttle House Speaker John Boehner’s deficit bill, the Tea Party activist group FreedomWorks has dispatched a hard-hitting a letter to all Republican House members urging them to vote No.
The letter says “The revised plan still fails to fundamentally change the way Washington spends. Anything less than that, FreedomWorks cannot and will not support.”
The group is urging that Republicans stand by the original “Cut, Cap and Balance” legislation that passed the House earlier in the month. “We will be engaging our activist network of over 1.4 million grassroots volunteers to provide state and local support for Rep. Jordan and Sen. DeMint, and to remind Speaker Boehner and the rest of the Republican establishment that the ‘Cut, Cap, Balance Act ‘ is both good politics and good policy.”
Most observers say Cut, Cap and Balance does not have the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate. There are only 47 Senate Republicans in the upper chamber.
Ther are numerous reports, meanwhile that many wavering Republicans have begun support the Boehner bill and defect from the ranks of the Tea Party.
Representatives Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) all flipped from opposition to support of the Speaker’s bill. Gohmert told Politico he “liked what I’m hearing so far.”
“Let’s go vote 100 percent for this bill,” Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey, one of the last holdouts is also quoted by Politico. Boehner also reportedly received a standing ovation from Senate Republicans during a lunch meeting today.
If the Boehner bill dies in the House the only option is to vote on a bill offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). While only $2 billion differs in spending between both bills, the accounting rules for the two are completely different. Republicans claim that the Reid bill is filled with “gimmicks.”
The House vote is scheduled to begin at 7 or 8 pm this evening.