Florida Republican Rep. Allen West called out House leadership last Friday morning.
Asked during a radio interview with WMAL‘s Morning Majority host Brian Wilson about how he feels about Speaker of the House John Boehner, West said, “I was very upset about what happened with this payroll tax cut extension.”
The Florida Republican complained about how the House GOP leadership “sold us down the road” and ditched “a good piece of legislation that took care of it for one year,” by accepting the Senate’s “two-month extension which was absolutely pathetic policy.”
“I mean, we can’t do tax policy that way,” he said.
West said he plans to make it an issue when he returns to Congress.
“So, when we get back to Washington, D.C., the first House GOP conference, we’re going to have to have some serious discussions about how do we get ourselves on the same sheet of music. Because, we really felt that our leadership did not stand against the Senate Republican leadership,” he said.
Asked if he foresees an attempt to unseat Boehner, West said: “I’m not going to speculate about that.”
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- House GOP tax cut negotiator says debate was like ‘reenacting the Alamo’ (thehill.com)
- Rep. West: House GOP leadership didn’t stand up to the Senate in payroll debate (thehill.com)