House GOP members are seriously considering two extreme measures --letting the nation go into default or shutting down the government --in order to force President Barack Obama to cut spending, Politico reports.
More than half of Republican Congressional members are willing to allow the country to default unless Obama agrees to dramatic spending cuts to reduce the deficit. Even more, including some party leaders, are prepared to shut down the government to make their point, Politico said.
"I think it is possible that we would shut down the government to make sure President Obama understands that we're serious," House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state told Politico. "We always talk about whether or not we're going to kick the can down the road. I think the mood is that we've come to the end of the road."
The country would default if Congress doesn't raise the debt limit. The nation reached the $16.4 trillion limit on Dec. 31 and the treasury department has been taking extraordinary measures to extend the time before defaulting, which could happen as soon as mid-February. If Congress refuses to extend the law funding government operations on March 27, it would cause a government shut down, Politico writes.