(COMMERCIAL BREAK) TAPPER: Welcome back. After passing a $61 billion budget cut, congress recessed with talk of a government shutdown still in the air. The members have been in their districts this week and preparing to come back to Washington to do battle over calls for even deeper cuts in federal spending. Republican leaders know a government shutdown could be playing with political fire, but David Kerley caught up with a Tea Party freshman who doesn't seem worried about getting burned.
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DAVID KERLEY, ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT: This is what a Tea Party victory lap looks like.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Welcome to a cup of Joe with Joe.
KERLEY: In a barber shop about an hour outside of Chicago new Republican congressman Joe Walsh...
REP. JOE WALSH, (R) ILLINOIS: I called myself a Tea Party conservative first and a Republican second, not everybody liked that.
KERLEY: Is back with the faithful for the first time since the big victory.
WALSH: I believe this country that we love and adore needs a little bit of shock therapy.
KERLEY: But should he stand firm with the government poised to run out of money and shut down this week?
WALSH: How many people would like me to vote against that even risking the government shutdown?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Shut it down.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Shut it down.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Call the democrats out on the taxes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If we ran our households as irresponsibly as the government has been running itself for the last 20 years, we would be in prison.
KERLEY: For two days, we followed the new congressman crisscrossing his district from a steel plant to classrooms and conference rooms, as he canvassed his constituents, asking if he's on the right track.
What has been the number one message you received since you have come home after passing that budget
WALSH: Keep cutting, baby. I know you're going to take some hot hits, but you're doing this for the bigger picture.
KERLEY: Emboldened, Walsh is one of the few Republicans who wonders out loud, would a government shutdown be that bad?
WALSH: I don't want a government shutdown. But if we have to have one, it might be good for us.
KERLEY: But not everyone is happy with the new congressman and all those cuts. He's challenged at many stops.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're talking about deficits and then you guys went the first thing, give a tax break to the richest people in the nation.
WALSH: This is great time to be alive, you know why? Because there's a lot of stuff going on.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: But you can't determine it's great time to be alive for everybody. You don't know that. You don't know everybody's story.
WALSH: This country right now is arguing about and debating, and it's a good thing, big issues.
KERLEY: This week the big bank, Goldman Sachs, said that the Republican budget cuts could cut our already slow economic growth this year by more than half.
Don't you risk running the country back into a recession? WALSH: Not at all. Not at all.
WALSH: Every dollar we take out of the public sector will go into the private sector, and it will go to grow the economy.
This is one of those rare moments when the American people are asking us to be bold.
KERLEY: Walsh has taken an unusual path to Congress.