GOP Rep: House leaders lied to get my vote

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Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R -Ind. and Speaker John Boehner, R- Ohio.

Republican Representative Marlin Stutzman, R -Ind. claimed House GOP leaders lied to him to get him to change a crucial procedural vote and revive the massive spending bill the House passed Thursday.

The bill, a continuing resolution/omnibus measure or “cromnibus,” passed only over fiery objections from conservative Republicans.

Stutzman said he would never have supported the bill getting to a final floor vote if House leaders had been honest with him.

“I supported the rule because I was informed by leadership that the cromnibus was dead and a short term CR [continuing resolution] would take its place,” Stutzman said in a statement Thursday.

“The cromnibus bill, over 1,600 pages long, does many things but what is most important is what it does not do,” he said. “It fails to directly address President Obama’s dangerous executive action on immigration and fails to include many of the solutions that could have been passed in January with a Republican House and Senate in an open process.”

It took a change of vote by both Stutzman and reindeer farmer and lame duck Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R – Mich, to revive the bill.

Obama has endorsed the legislation and Speaker John Boehner had to fight hard to get enough votes to pass it in the House in what many, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, are decrying as a slap in the face to the voters who resoundingly elected a Republican Congress in the midterms.

Palin spoke to and bashed the GOP representatives who supported the bill while she also called for Boehner’s removal as speaker.

“It stinks to high heaven,” Palin said. “Did arrogant politicians not get the memo that Obama’s agenda was decisively defeated in last month’s historic midterm landslide? Good Lord, America said loud and clear not just ‘no’ but ‘hell no’ to Obama’s failed policies.”

“I’ll do my part and I call upon every citizen to do their civic duty to save our country. It’s easy; understand RINO season opens soon and don’t hold back,” she continued.

When asked if she would support removing Boehner from his position as speaker, Palin was not shy in saying that she would.

“Constitutional conservatives who understand government’s balance of power and the grave danger in Obama’s lawlessness, and those of us who want smart and principled leadership, should be perplexed and disappointed if stale leadership is re-elected,” she said.


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