"I'm just hoping that there's at least a few Republicans who still believe in this country enough to put the American people first as opposed to trying to score political points in the next election," said Rep. Ellison.
Republicans think we can cut our way out of this recession, but with unemployment still over 9 percent, our top priority should be job creation—something Republicans have ignored since taking control of the House.
Ellison, reading a statement from the caucus, said tea party-aligned members of the Republican Party have "held our economy hostage" by demanding large cuts and opposing tax increases in exchange for raising the debt limit.
Right now, radical Republican policy is jeopardizing our future. Instead of supporting a fair plan to prevent default on our nation’s debt, the GOP wants working families, seniors, and our most vulnerable communities to bear even more pain.
"At every step of the way, Republicans in Washington have blocked a fair plan. The American people are demanding that our government resolves deficits while maintaining our promises to the middle class."
What exactly has the GOP been up to all this time? Well, they’ve been busy attacking health care reform, education, women’s rights, consumer protection reforms, and plotting painful budget cuts that slash funding for programs vital to the poor and our seniors.