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Gingrey opposes Boehner's debt reduction plan
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Gingrey opposes Boehner's debt reduction plan

WASHINGTON -- A House vote on Speaker John Boehner's debt reduction plan is expected Thursday, but not all Republicans are on board.

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Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-11th District) says Congress needs to get the job done, but it needs to be done the right way.  

"This in my opinion, is the only opportunity. We will never get a balanced budget amendment unless we don't take advantage of this choke point," Gingrey said on CNN Thursday. "I really believe this is a crisis. I don't want us to default on our debt. We are not going to do that."

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) says Congress has already created a disaster.  

"We dilly dally around almost, putting off a final decision, agreeing not to agree on anything," Isakson said Wednesday. "We're making things worse, and I think the reports in a couple months will show you... America is slowing down. Economic activity is slowing down. And it's because Congress and this president can not get their act together."

US Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-3rd District) says that while it is not a perfect plan, he is on board with it.

"I know that $917 billion in deficit reduction is a drop in the bucket when you compare it to the trillions of dollars this government spends each year. But at the end of the day, that still brings us $917 billion closer to getting our fiscal house in order," Westmoreland said in a statement released Thursday. "Whether we like it or not - and I definitely do not - because Senate Democrats and the president don't seem to want to kick their spending addiction, we are going to have to chip away at our national debt a little bit at a time. Like I've said in the past, you can't stop an aircraft carrier on a dime and you can't stop a federal budget of almost $4 trillion a year in one day."

Even if Boehner's bill passes in the House Thursday, Senate Democrats say they'll oppose it. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid called the bill dead on arrival.

Lawmakers have until Tuesday to pass a bill that would raise the nation's debt ceiling. If they miss the deadline, the U.S. may default on its loans and bills. 

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