GOP congressmen show up at White House, want debt plan
July 19th, 2011
01:23 PM ET
7 years ago

GOP congressmen show up at White House, want debt plan

(CNN) – While President Obama and Congressional GOP leaders continue to negotiate a debt ceiling deal behind the scenes, several House Republican freshmen are growing impatient.

Nearly 20 of them ventured to the gates of the White House Tuesday with a letter in hand to the president demanding the he immediately deliver Congress a written proposal to raise the debt ceiling. The letter was signed by nearly 60 members.


Filed under: Debt • Deficit • President Obama • Republicans
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  1. Democrat Class Warfare & Race Baiting - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Obama have a PLAN???!!! BWAHAHAHA!!! That sounds like actual WORK and/or LEADERSHIP!! "Leading from behind" and "voting present" is all Obama knows how to do. Very pathetic. Jimmy Carter is very happy his title will be passed to Obama in 2012.

    July 19, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Nearly 20 of them ventured to the gates of the White House Tuesday with a letter in hand to the president demanding the he immediately deliver Congress a written proposal to raise the debt ceiling.
    "Demanding"...."Immediately". Really??? GTFOOH juniors and don't come back until you learn some respect, and have something other than demands and temper-tea-tantrums to contribute.
    These junior Senators are so freakin scared of the Teatrolls that put them in office and have now turned into flesh-eating monsters that they're spinning around in circles trying to show the Teatards that they are trying to fulfill their demands.

    July 19, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |

    This country is full of low information voters: look at whom they elected to legislate. What we have here is incompetent, corporate and big oil interest first, and screw the middle class Republican- controlled House of Representatives. GTFOH with this nonsense and stop playing politics with our country's debt credibility.

    July 19, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. cf

    And where was your plan when your party had the white house for 8 years, GOP? Where is your side's plan today, aside from "screw the working class, the poor, and the elderly"?

    July 19, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS/Domestic Terrorists/Taliban/Al Queda/TRAITORS

    How does 3 trillion in cuts and 1 trillion in revenue work for you GOP? Compromise means you give a little, you take a little. It's not my way or the highway! Grover Norquist does not speak for the entire country. And you republicans are fools for signing a pledge not to increase taxes. That lame talking point of "we've got a spending problem, not a revenue problem" is a bunch of BS. The Bush tax cuts are SPENDING!!! 1.6 trillion dollars in spending to be exact. End the corporate loopholes and end the Bush tax cuts NOW!!!

    July 19, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Dear Teatards:

    Enclosed please find a photo of myself and fellow junior senators PERSONALLY delivering our ransom letter, as per your specifications, to THAT president.

    I'm the one on the left picking his nose. Just wanted you to have irrefutable proof that we're doing EVERYRYTHING humanly possible to keep you happy and keep our jobs.

    Eternally indebted to you and yours
    Junior Senator.

    July 19, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |

    Obama should have a housing and jobs plan that worked when him, Bush, Geither and Summers were bailing out the banks. No one wants to cut the wars, Rumsfelt said it wasn't anything but rocks in Afganistan, we withdrew troops, now we are back there. Give the American people a bail out on housing and jobs. Don't stop spending in a down economy, just like the GOP doesn't want taxes to be raised.

    July 19, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Mr. Boehner, please tell these unruly children that you are babysitting that Freshmen Congressmen do not have the RIGHT to demand anything other than a nap, a blankie, a woobie, and a baba.

    July 19, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Tomtom

    The tea party circus must be in town. Clowns tring to save their political hides.

    July 19, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. bb

    Does anybody believe these GOPers are interested in anything other than their own self-serving grandstanding here? What have they done over the past 10+ years in that regard – absolutely NOTHING! Clean 'em out in 2012, people. We can do better than this.

    July 19, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. SayWhat

    Why not take the letter to your House leaders Boehner and Cantor, and stop passing the buck? How long do you think the American people are going to settle for this nonsense?

    July 19, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Nearly 60 members? And the Teatroll caucus has ummmmm...60 or so members? These peole are ridiculous. GO do your jobs instead of grandstanding, you layabout turds. The GOP has the "shellacking majority" in Congress...get back there and pass whatever it takes to get your whole party to vote for raising the debt ceiling and show us exactly what you think of the middle-class and poor and societal safety net that so angers you for slowing down our slide into a plutocratic banana republic.

    July 19, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    “Show us what your proposal is and let us have a good old-fashioned debate to get this house in order...."
    But instead, Obama prefers to go on TV and just present his one-sided argument. In spite of the promise for transparency Obama made in his 2008 campaign, this administration works behind closed doors. He is thumbing his nose up at all of the people who believed he would live up to his word. Unfortunate for the Democrats in 2012 because he will certainly get their nomination and it will certainly be the completion of the 2010 shellacking. Except this time the target will actually be on the ballots.

    July 19, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Mikey

    Just what this debate needs – more political grandstanding. We need something big and we need something broadly focused and balanced. Entitlement reform, reductions in military spending, other expense control, and yes, revenue enhancement.

    And we need to cut the crud about "job producers". Rich people don't get togehter and pro-create jobs. Business activity creates jobs. Consumer spending creates jobs. And yes, government spending creates jobs. Without consumption no "job creator" will create a single job. They do not do this as a public service... and they will cut a job as soon as it produces one nickle more profits – they will cut, they will automate, they will outsource, and they will offshore.

    Every booming economy we have had over the past 60 years has occurred in a higher tax environment than the one we now have. The worst economy in our lifetime occurred in the lowest tax environment. Of the 30 top economies in the world, we have the 6th or 8th lowest effective tax rate. Our top 400 taxpayers have an effective tax rate around 16%, which is lower than most middle class families, yet they have more total income than half the households in the country all combined.

    As Warren Buffet said, there is class warfare in the U.S., and his side is winning. It is not class warfare to point that fact out.

    July 19, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. juliei4

    One should not pick their nose when someone is around with a camera.

    July 19, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. juliei4

    Looks like they are being led to the slaughter. What a miserable group.

    July 19, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    More posturing for the sheep to gobble up. Hey dummies, it's YOUR job to propose legislation. NOT the president. How pathetic are these posers.

    July 19, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    They OBVIOUSLY have no work to do - send them home with no pay. No work, No Pay. They are as useful as teets on a bull.

    July 19, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. mary

    Go learn how government works. A bunch of angry white bigots trying to bully the president. Go vote to raise the debt ceiling!! You fools should have never tried to use the debt ceiling vote to screw the american people. You bigots only control the house that means the democtrats control the white house and the senate and you must compromise!!!, I know a lot of people are sorry they voted for these dumb ass fools. They will blow up the country if they don't get every thing they want.

    July 19, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Protocol, and plain simple good manners and respect, demands that their letter be ignored. If I were the President I would hand it to Republican House leaders and refuse to discuss it until they discuss it with their membership that signed it.

    The President must negotiate with only one group from the opposition. If their leadership do not have their act together, then the Republican
    leadership needs to get their act together. This action by some members is either a ill-advised political stunt, or an exemplorary demonstration of a lack of leadership.

    July 19, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. BC

    I know this did not really happen. I cannot recall in modern times congressional members physically showing up at the White House in such a fashion. This act further shows how out of control the House of Represntatives has gotten under Speaker Boehner. While I respect the Speaker of the House in relation to his responsibilities and constitutional responsibility in the order of succession, this act shows how much control he does not have! He's own party debated and tried voted against the new standard on light blubs in which was passed in 2007 by former President George W. Bush. The House which is controlled by the GOP couldn't even defeat the new standard and they presented it and brought it to the floor! These acts show that the inmates are running the Congress and in November 2012, the American people need to give these people a much needed break!

    July 19, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. mgc florida

    Good God, who elected these idiots? Not ready for prime time or any time for matter.

    July 19, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Prez...where is your plan...!

    A leader brings forth the plan to lead the nation out of the crisis...! Not saying :"you go first"...!

    July 19, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. GonzoinHouston

    Obama should send them a proposal that is at least as extreme as their own, something like "Two trillion in defense cuts, 2 trillion in cuts to agricultural and industrial subsidies, 2 trillion in additional taxes on the financial sector for wrecking the economy in the first place, and 4 trillion in tax hikes on the rich." Then offer to meet them halfway. What this bunch wants, aside from attention, is for Obama to propose massive cuts in Social Security and Medicare, and why should he? If they want the cuts so badly, they should publicly propose them and take the political heat.

    "We are not interested in re-election" – Riiiiight, and I've got an Iraqi nuke I'll sell you cheap.

    July 19, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    The truth is.......Obama's "plan" is to increase spending..........something the GOP won't stand of course he is NOT going to present his plan to them!

    July 19, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |