A group of House Republican freshmen will travel down Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday to call on President Barack Obama to put forward a specific deficit reduction plan.
“Because you have not presented any written detailed proposal to raise the debt ceiling, our constituents are left in the dark as to what specific cuts you propose as well as what taxes you are planning to raise,” Rep. Tom Reed (N.Y.) wrote in a letter to Obama signed by 64 other lawmakers, mostly fellow freshmen.
The aggressive move comes as House and Senate leaders continue to discuss a plan for raising the debt limit before Aug. 2, when the Treasury Department says it will no longer be able to forestall default.
The House is also scheduled to consider a Cut, Cap and Balance proposal Tuesday that would make significant spending reductions in order to raise the debt limit. The proposal is strongly backed by House conservatives and many of the 87 freshmen who were elected last year on a message of fiscal restraint.
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., left, David Goldman, center, and Arvind Chawdra right, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction. Goldman and Chawdra are fathers whose children were abducted by their mothers and taken abroad.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.