“I will not vote to increase the national debt until we have a budget and we can tell the general public where their tax dollars are going to go,” said Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia, president of the influential freshman class of House Republicans.

U.S._House_SealRep. Michael Grimm stood at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans and delivered a vivid account of his view of the debt-limit crisis.

“I’ve had a gun to my head, literally,” Grimm, a former FBI agent from New York, said, according to two sources in the room. “Didn’t blink then, won’t blink now.”

That’s the same feeling gripping House Republican lawmakers and aides three weeks before the Obama administration says the nation will run out of money to pay its bills. There is no proposal that satisfies House Republicans. Quite simply, nothing passes their muster.

After returning from White House talks, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the White House should allow Congress to pass President Barack Obama’s entitlement reforms without including new revenue — a non-starter for Democrats, who could be the key to carrying any deal through the House.

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Source: Jake Sherman and Jonathan Allen | POLITICO
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