The White House on Monday blamed a "tea party revolt" for the expected defeat in the House of the year-end extender bill passed by the Senate.
White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told MSNBC’s Daily Rundown that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was turned by the extreme right members of his caucus, and that the bill could have passed without their consent.
Pfeiffer named Reps. Allen West, R-Fla., and Joe Walsh, R-Ill., among tea party members who challenged the plan. According to the White House, the talks between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Boehner were “done almost publicly,” and Boehner’s turn against the bill on Sunday came as a result of the conference call he held with his caucus on Saturday.
“Speaker Boehner got on the phone with his caucus, he tried to sell it, he had a Tea Party revolt, reversed his position, and he’s now put in danger a tax increase of $1,000 on 160 million Americans,” Pfeiffer said.