Reuters just posted an article entitled Analysis: House Republican freshmen feel heat from all sides which reports that the most intense pressure applied to freshman Republicans isn’t coming from the Democrats, but, instead, the tea party. The pressure is mostly coming from votes cast over increasing the debt ceiling. In the article, Ohio Republican Congressman Steven LaTourette seemed to express a sentiment of frustration over this problem:
Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, an 18-year veteran of Congress from Ohio and close friend to House Speaker John Boehner, said he respects the power of the Tea Party movement but that it has made it difficult to accomplish much in the House.
However, LaTourette said, many freshman lawmakers have “grown into the job,” and have become more than simply reflections of the Tea Party’s no-compromise argument.
“Two-thirds (of House Republican freshmen) now realize you have to compromise to get things done,” LaTourette said. “But there are about 20 who don’t have any give in them and that’s why we are having problems. If it smacks of spending, they will vote against it.”
Read the entire article at Analysis: House Republican freshmen feel heat from all sides | Reuters.