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Some Groups Still Unimpressed With Revamped Boehner Plan

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks at a news conference in the U.S. Capitol on March 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. Boehner faced a variety of questions on topics ranging from the federal budget to the U.S. military operations in Libya. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

July 29, 2011

Even as Republicans appear set later Friday to support House Speaker John Boehner's revamped debt-ceiling bill, one prominent conservative group remains opposed.

Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation, still thinks Boehner's legislation does not achieve enough spending cuts or structural changes to the country's budget despite the addition of a Balanced Budget Amendment.

"None of plans put forward hit that mark, and this one still doesn't," Tim Chapman, Heritage Action's chief operating officer, told National Journal.

Even if the inclusion of a BBA is a positive step, Chapman said it still falls well short of his group's ideal legislation. It doesn't guarantee enough deep spending cuts, do enough to oppose potential tax increases or cut into the country's entitlement system, he said.

Heritage's continued opposition stands in contrast with how other groups have reacted to the new version of Boehner's bill Friday. Club for Growth, which had helped lead the change against it earlier this week, withdrew its opposition Friday morning -- although it doesn't officially support it, either. Many Republican lawmakers who said they were a "no" vote Thursday changed their positions Friday, and even Chapman conceded passage looks likely. That's an unfortunate turn of events for a Republican Party that had originally promised to leverage major changes as part of the debt-ceiling deal, Chapman said.

"Now, all that kind of is up in the air. It's disappointing, and we're trying to squeak something through at the last minute that probably won't become law," Chapman said.

Also Friday, Tea Party Patriots announced it will continue to oppose the Boehner deal.

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