‘Make No Mistake: I Oppose This Negotiated Deal,’ Says Michele Bachmann

By Terence P. Jeffrey | April 9, 2011 | 2:16 PM EDT

In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, Minnesota GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann is seen before a television interview in Bloomington, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.), who leads the Tea Party Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and who is considering running for president in 2012, expressed adamant opposition to the spending deal agreed to late Friday night by House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) and President Barack Obama.

“Make no mistake: I oppose this negotiated deal,” Bachmann said in a Twitter message sent out at about 11:00 am on Saturday. “It does not: Cut enough spending, stop funding Planned Parenthood, or defund Obamacare.”

Bachmann also expressed her opposition to the deal in a statement put out in a press release.

“The deal that was reached tonight is a disappointment for me and for millions of Americans who expected $100 billion in cuts, who wanted to make sure their tax dollars stopped flowing to the nation’s largest abortion provider, and who wanted us to defund ObamaCare,” Bachmann said in the statement. “Instead, we’ve been asked to settle for $39 billion in cuts, even as we continue to fund Planned Parenthood and the implementation of ObamaCare. Sadly, we’re missing the mandate given us by voters last November, and for that reason I voted against the Continuing Resolution.”

In a vote held at 12:40 am Saturday, the House approved the first phase of the Boehner-Obama spending deal, a measure to fund the government through Thursday, when a bill to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year will come up for a vote.

The short-term measure was approved 348-70 in the early Saturday morning vote. Twenty-eight Republicans voted against it, including Bachmann.