“We have an opportunity to work together and finally tackle long-term issues such as tax reform,” Young said in May. “Let’s take default off the table and work on real issues.”
Speaker John Boehner has shifted on the issue publicly. “What the President said today was if there’s unconditional surrender by Republicans, he’ll sit down and talk,” Boehner said after Obama’s Tuesday press conference. But Capitol Hill sources have told me, “Every time Boehner speaks to the conference, he says we’re not going into default.” On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Boehner would seek a short-term debt ceiling increase.
U.S. Sen. Dan Coats was critical of President Obama’s unwillingness to come to the table. “Refusing to negotiate on a plan to address our nation’s $17 trillion debt would be a complete failure of this administration and a disservice to the American people,” Coats said. “Congress and the administration cannot continue to ignore our nation’s debt crisis and avoid the difficult decisions that would result in restoring economic growth, I urge the President to stop dodging and start leading on this critical issue so we can enact a plan to pay our past bills and bring down our massive debt.”
Stutzman, who gained notoriety last week when he told the Washington Examiner that his wing of the party didn’t want to be “disrespected” but had no clue to an end game in this standoff, said on Tuesday, “Because Washington’s spending addiction has put this country $17 trillion in debt, any debt ceiling conversations must include a serious, long-term strategy to reduce our national debt. Given the harm a default would have on families, businesses, and financial markets, Washington must avoid default and tackle the issue of deficit spending.”