Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-Bedford, says she supports Speaker John A. Boehner’s plan to cut spending and boost the debt limit. In today’s New York Times, she offers her take on the speaker’s plan coming to a vote.
Representative Nan Hayworth, Republican of New York, said the bill had been tweaked enough to gain her support, and she felt the mood in the party’s caucus to be moving in Mr. Boehner’s direction.
“This is what you’d expect thoughtful people to do,” Ms. Hayworth said. “People with passionately held beliefs can evaluate the evidence, and there has been a coalescence that is developing around the idea that the speaker has presented and an appropriately amended bill that represents a very productive and constructive approach to the challenge we face.”
As a representative-elect back in November, Hayworth seemed to have a different take on raising the debt ceiling. In a Nov. 22 Gannett News Service story on her upcoming life in D.C., she was against raising the ceiling.
“I am not going to vote to raise the debt limit,” she said in an interview . . . between a House Republican Conference meeting and a lunch in the Capitol.
She said she’s not worried about a government shutdown, such as the one that occurred in 1995 in a showdown between Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich and Democratic President Bill Clinton.
“That’s a false choice,” she said. “We don’t have to shut down the government.”
But Rep. John Boehner, who will be House speaker next year, does worry. And he’s taking a different approach than Gingrich.
Boehner has publicly appealed to his new colleague — who advocated cuts in federal spending on the campaign trail — to raise the debt ceiling, perhaps by coupling the measure with cuts in federal spending.