This is the kind of talk I like to hear coming from Republicans. Rep. Jim Bridenstine from Oklahoma is one of 12 Republicans who didn’t vote for Boehner and is now worried that Boehner is going to cave on the sequester and end up raising taxes. Bridestine says that Republicans are caving too much:
THE HILL – Freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) said Tuesday that he fears Republicans, and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in particular, will cave in and accept a tax hike once the sequester hits in March.
“My concern, and I think the concern of a lot of Republicans in Congress, is that once the sequester takes effect, people are going to be screaming for a deal, and that deal ultimately is going to be what the president wants — to raise taxes,” Bridenstine said, according to the Tulsa World.
“And if there’s enough pressure, [Boehner] will bring it to the floor and 200 Democrats and 30 or 40 Republicans will vote for it,” he added. “And once again you have the Speaker caucusing with the Democrats.”
Bridenstine said Republicans are already “caving too much” on the budget.
“My beef is that we’re caving too much,” he said. “If everything you do is what the president wants, then there is no compromise.”
Bridenstine started the year by sounding a critical note on Boehner as one of the 12 Republicans who didn’t vote for Boehner for Speaker. He and two other Republicans voted for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
“There are probably a lot of freshmen he doesn’t know the names of,” Bridenstine said. “He pays a lot of attention to me, and the reason is because I stood up to him on something.”