In an attempt to appeal to the Tea Party wing of the GOP that helped so many freshmen members of Congress get elected, we're seeing several Republicans say they won't support the compromise. Despite the fact that some veteran members of the GOP appear to have been taking part in private negotiations, the freshmen have publicly displayed an attitude of "bring on the government shutdown." Instead of even trying to pretend as though he's worried about a shutdown, Virginia's own Scott Rigell even told the Washington Post that he basically places the extreme policies of the Tea Party over keeping the government running.
Rep. E. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), another freshman, said he would not comment on a specific compromise until it was struck. But, he said, he was willing to allow a government shutdown if cuts were not aggressive enough.On Capitol Hill in recent weeks, staffers have been trying to paint a picture that portrays the opposing party as the one that should be held responsible for a potential government shutdown. That is why John Boehner has been telling the press that Republicans only "control one-half of one-third of the government here” and Eric Cantor displayed his ignorance of the legislative process when trying to place blame on the Democrats. The outright refusal of Rigell and his fellow freshmen Republicans to come to the negotiating table, however, help to make it clear that the GOP should bear the responsibility if we do have a government shutdown.
“If the objective of keeping the government open is such a high priority that one is willing to accept potentially continual increases in the federal debt [through large amounts of deficit spending], I’m not in that camp,” Rigell said.