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Tea Party Class Would Test Boehner
By Steven T. Dennis, CQ-Roll Call

Would-be Speaker John A. Boehner asserted last week that he can manage a strongly conservative, tea-party-inspired majority next year, but potential government shutdowns and efforts to terminate earmarks are already emerging as issues that could divide his party.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the most outspoken conservatives in the House, said last week that he wants Boehner and other House leaders to sign a blood oath that they will include a repeal of health care reform in every appropriations bill next year, even if President Barack Obama vetoes the bills and a government shutdown occurs.


Boehner has courted the tea party movement since the spring of 2009, attending rallies and encouraging his Members to reach out to the movement. He has campaigned for many of the nominees who are expected to come to D.C. and knows them personally, allies said. And Boehner is one of the most conservative Republicans in the House, although he also maintains support from moderate Republicans who appreciate his gregarious style and willingness to listen to their concerns.

But the tea party has repeatedly rocked the GOP establishment in party primaries, from the defeat of Dede Scozzafava in New York to Rep. Mike Castles Senate primary loss in Delaware last week.

King warned that he and other House conservatives aligned with the tea party could form a bloc threatening to take down House rules if Boehner puts bills on the floor that they consider too weak.

King said that Republican moderates successfully threatened to bring down rules on bills in the past but that the tables will be turned in 2011 and conservatives will hold the upper hand.

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