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Tuesday
Mar152011

House Republican at Odds with Tea Party Counterparts over Budget

Grimm [dot] House [dot] gov(WASHINGTON) -- New York Congressman Michael Grimm really went rogue Monday by attacking members within his own party for preferring to see the government shut down Friday instead of approving another continuing resolution (CR) so that more cuts could be made to the 2011 fiscal budget.

The freshman lawmaker launched into a tirade against "the extreme wing of the Republican Party," which Grimm said was made up of members of the Tea Party.

In a statement, Grimm accused these staunch conservatives of advocating a government shutdown, which he called "a big mistake."

The right thing to do, according to Grimm, is voting in favor of another CR so that more spending reductions are made, thus "keeping our promise to the American people to reduce the deficit and fix the economy."

Still, Grimm managed to get a dig in against a longtime Democratic foe by saying Tea Partiers are "not looking at the big picture, and the last thing we want to do is become like Nancy Pelosi in the last Congress, where it was 'my way or the highway.'"

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