The conservative group’s CEO Michael A. Needham issued the following statement regarding the reported framework being finalized by congressional leaders and the White House:
While this deal is moving in the right direction rhetorically thanks to pressure from conservatives, it still falls well short of the standards we have consistently laid out. At its core, the deal still relies on an insufficient level of cuts immediately in return for raising the debt ceiling over $2 trillion. We are skeptical of “super committees” tasked with brokering grand bargains and we are adamantly opposed to committees that are given the authority to raise taxes on the American people and to bring about the gutting of our national defense budget. This deal highlights how dysfunctional Washington has become and we will continue to oppose it as insufficient to the task at hand.
Not exactly a ringing condemnation, but indicative of the strong dissatisfaction among conservatives. Boehner will no doubt have a tough time limiting the number of defections within his caucus.