ABC News’ Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) reports:
With President Obama and Congressional leaders mired in behind-the-scenes deficit negotiations, a group of House GOP freshmen came to the White House this morning to publicly express their frustration and demand the president put forth a written plan outlining his proposal to reduce the deficit.
“We are coming down to crunch time. We need your plan… show us and show the American people what your plan is,” Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., told reporters, and a few curious tourists, outside the White House today. “There was no written proposal for $4 trillion, it was all verbal… We need to see from the president, in black and white, what are your cuts, where are your increases in taxes. Let’s put it in writing so there can be no confusion as to where you stand.”
The group of roughly 20 freshmen have sent two letters to the president asking for his written proposal and today accused Obama of all talk and no action. “This president has done nothing but sit around and talk. Press conferences do not result in a plan,” said Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark. “We need something that the CBO can score and that we can analyze as a plan.”
Asked today by ABC News’ Jake Tapper why the president has not presented his plan on paper, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today “what we're willing to do is clear.”
“The president has made clear in his negotiations with congressional leadership exactly and in great detail what a grand bargain, if you will, would look like and the steps he'd be willing to take and the measures he'd be willing to support to make that happen,” Carney said.
The House freshmen disagree. With the August 2nd deadline to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling just two weeks away, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., said “it’s time [the president] step up to the table and eat the peas and give us his written plan.”
Just hours before the House is set to vote on the GOP plan to “Cut, Cap and Balance” spending, the group said Republicans are doing their part. “We’ve offered multiple plans, multiple solutions to the problem and all the president does is play golf and threaten to veto this plan that will get this country back to creating jobs,” Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., said.
Responding to Carney, who yesterday described the legislation as “Duck, Dodge and Dismantle,” the freshmen today said the president’s inaction amounted to “Punt, Pass and Kick.”
With the August 2 deadline to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling rapidly approaching, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., said “it’s time [the president] step up to the table and eat the peas and give us his written plan.”