South Carolina’s Congressman Joe Wilson says the House is back to work early today in Washington.
The first votes of the day were scheduled for 1 p.m. —- when it is standard to have them scheduled for much later to give lawmakers time to get back in to the Hill.
Wilson says that is because the House leadership is calling for all hands on deck as leaders work out a debt deal.
His preferred plan for dealing with the debt limit was the “cut, cap and balance” bill that died in the Senate late last week. Wilson says he thinks the White House was working to divert attention from the bill: “We had the President come out and say that he agreed with the “Gang of Six” and they said, ‘Well, have you read the plan?” And he said, ‘No.’ That is utterly bizarre.
Wilson says the defeat disappointed the state’s delegation, since “Congressman Duncan and myself and Mulvaney, Gowdy and Scott, we were all co-sponsors of that bill.”
The newest round of talks puts both a House and a Senate plan on the table. But Wilson is asking for a White House plan.
“And the President has never had a plan. In fact, his spokesman said he felt like he shouldn’t have a plan, he needs lead from the rear. That’s not right. We need a President with backbone, who understands that limited government is how we create jobs and opportunity,” criticizes Wilson.
Anne Eller, WLMA in Greenwood, contributed to this report.