NEW YORK ( TheStreet) --
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R., Minn.) piped up on Friday afternoon amid the myriad speeches about the debt ceiling to criticize President Barack Obama for his failure to propose a plan. The Republican presidential hopeful has been vocal about her refusal to vote for a raise in the debt ceiling since she entered the presidential race in June. Unlike most of the Republican presidential field, Bachmann has an actual vote for a budget proposal that must be passed before an Aug. 2 deadline -- so does Ron Paul (R., Texas) .
"Mr. President, 'Show me the plan!'" Bachmann wrote in a statement. "His definition of compromise is to have everyone agree with him that we should raise the debt limit, increase spending and increase taxes." Bachmann is one in a group of Republican representatives who identify as part of the Tea Party, which promised it would vote down in lockstep any budget proposal that raised the debt ceiling. The House of Representatives was expected to vote on House Speaker John Boehner's plan on Thursday night, until GOP leaders realized they would not have enough party votes to pass the bill.
The vote was postponed until Friday at 6 p.m. ET. Friday reports revealed that Boehner agreed to attach a Constitutional amendment to his bill that would force the government to keep a balanced budget -- the key component that Tea Party members, and Bachmann, said was needed to reap their votes. Bachmann has been in the habit of denying more than simply her House Republican colleagues this week. On Sunday, the Minnesota representative attacked former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, as she said he was almost no different than President Obama. "On issues such as unconstitutional health care mandates, climate change regulations, and Wall Street bailouts, there's very little daylight, indeed, between Governor Pawlenty's record and the Obama administration's policies," Bachmann said in a statement. Challenging her House colleagues, her former governor and the president of the United States is certainly part of the political posturing that's traditional in Washington. It remains to be seen whether these will be the worst or the wisest moves of her political career. -- Written by Joe Deaux in New York. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R., Minn.)|