The controversial budget proposal submitted by House Republican leadership, and summarily rejected by the White House, was never presented to the GOP caucus in the house, according to Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).
“The caucus was not consulted on the proposal, I wish we had been,” Gohmert told Breitbart News on Capitol Hill this morning. “The Republican members were not consulted on the offer made. We are having the legislation being formulated among the Speaker, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and the President. Republicans in Congress have some great ideas and principles, but those are not being utilized in the proposals.”
Speaker John Boehner’s proposal, which included $800B in new tax revenues, was openly criticized today by Sen. Jim Demint as an “800B tax hike [that would] destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more.”
With the latest revelation that the unpopular proposal was delivered without the GOP caucus even knowing what was being presented in their name, pressure is sure to mount on the speaker as the fiscal cliff negotiations continue.
Breitbart News reached out to the Speaker’s office for comment and as of the time of this writing they have not responded.
This post was updated to add another quote by Congressman Gohmert.