Rep. Schweikert: Time for GOP to Stop Giving In; No Deal Close

Apr 7, 2011 1:01pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports:

As talk swirls on Capitol Hill of possible compromise, some members of Congress are digging in, demanding that their party take a stand.

On ABC’s “Top Line” today, freshman Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., told us that no deal on government spending is close – and indicated that that may be a good thing.

“Being one of the people who sat in every caucus meeting, I don’t remember a discussion that we were close to a deal,” Schweikert said. “At some point, this really is about your country is on a precipice of financial disaster.”

Schweikert said he’s sick of compromising: “I will tell you it's time for our side to stop being the one to give in. We did the first continuing resolution to take us through the rest of the year. Then we did the two-week. Then we did the three-week. Then we did the set-up last Thursday.”

“At what point does the House stop being the one that does all the heavy lifting and we actually get some work product, some genuine work product out of the US Senate?”

He added: “I think the public is tired of Washington looking in the camera and lying to them about what's going on. It's time we toughen up. It's time we do what's necessary and this little game of incremental, ‘Oh we'll come to an agreement, oh by the way, we're still awash in an avalanche of debt.’ It has to come to an end.”

Watch Jonathan Karl and Amy Walter’s interview with Rep. David Schweikert HERE.

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