‘Tea party’ protests budget compromise, and John Boehner denies budging

As the tea party urges Republicans to stick with $61 billion in cuts, talk of a tentative deal with $33 billion in trims circulates. But House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans have not agreed to that level of reductions.

tentative deal would result in cuts of about half that — $33 billion in cutbacks in one of the largest onetime reductions in domestic government programs.

But House Speaker John Boehner insisted Thursday that Republicans had not agreed to that level of reductions. He said the GOP was holding out for the House-passed bill that included dozens of such politically divisive policy priorities as defunding Planned Parenthood and gutting the Environmental Protection Agency. That bill died in a Senate vote.

“We’re going to continue to fight for everything that’s in it,” Boehner said Thursday.

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