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Tea party groups denounce Senate plan

Matt Kibbe, president of the national tea party group FreedomWorks, lashed out at the Senate deal as a capitulation to President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“I think it’s a total surrender to what Harry Reid always wanted,” said Kibbe, whose organization aggressively pushed the effort to use a stopgap budget deal to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

The plan could have worked, he said, if the GOP leadership had stood firm.