A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, is blasting an effort by hundreds of lobbyists to strategize with top congressional Democrats on how to stop spending cuts pushed by Republicans.
“Washington Democrats and their special interest allies are plotting to keep the ineffective ‘stimulus’ spending spree going. They’re hatching backroom schemes to fight the will of the American people, who want us to end the Washington spending binge, the government takeovers, and bailouts and help the private sector create jobs,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.
The move is part of a massive push by Republicans to seize on the political moment created by ABC News in revealing the meeting’s existence.
ABC reported that Iowa Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin called a meeting with hundreds of K Street lobbyists in late January to mobilize opposition to spending cuts pushed by Republicans.
The meeting served as a “call to arms” of those opposing GOP spending cuts, ABC reported, with Harkin rallying the 400 lobbyists who attended to mobilize against the cuts.
A spokeswoman for Harkin said the meeting was about protecting “modest-income and middle-class working America, children and communities” and noted Republicans were at the meeting, too.