We’re hearing that the Republican Study Committee and GOP freshmen were almost in open revolt at the Republican conference this morning over the initial round of cuts set out by Paul Ryan. The Ryan ceiling falls shorts of the headline number of $100 billion set out in the Pledge, and is therefore considered vastly insufficient. Says a source familiar with the meeting, “It sent a clear unequivocal message to leadership — ‘Houston, you’ve got a problem.’” The leadership assured conservatives at a RSC lunch later in the day that the message had been received. Says a GOP leadership aide, “The bill that passes the House will cut substantially more.”
Some members were upset that they didn’t get a chance to talk at the conference meeting. At times, the meeting was quite heated. The source familiar with the meeting says, “They’re putting a lot of emotion out on the table early,” and adds that freshman said the cuts were peanuts and their constituents don’t think even $100 billion is enough.
UPDATE II: Another House aide close to the situation confirms to NRO’s Bob Costa that there is “growing anxiety” among the freshmen and fiscal conservatives that the Ryan plan does not go “far enough” and that it could be seen as “breaking” the Pledge to America.
“At the very least, Boehner and Cantor underestimated the amount of opposition that the Ryan plan would have within the conference,” the aide concludes. “Things are in flux. A bit messy. But if you’re Jim Jordan, you’re feeling pretty good right now.”