July 19th, 2011
12:40 PM ET
(CNN) – While President Obama and Congressional GOP leaders continue to negotiate a debt ceiling deal behind the scenes, several House Republican freshmen are growing impatient.
Nearly 20 of them ventured to the gates of the White House Tuesday with a letter in hand to the president demanding the he immediately deliver Congress a written proposal to raise the debt ceiling.
“Given the significance of our debt-driven crisis and the historic importance of the negotiations, we believe it is imperative that the work towards any agreement be as transparent as possible so that American people have a chance for careful evaluation of the process free from political posturing,” the members wrote in the letter.
Rep. Tom Reed, who led the freshman lawmakers to the White House, told reporters the group doesn’t care if opposing a debt ceiling increase harms their reelection chances.
“We don’t care about reelection,” he said. “We felt it was incumbent to come to the White House because this is a critical issue.”
Members of the group added they will not agree to any debt ceiling proposal unless there are detailed spending cuts and timelines involved.
“We are coming down to crunch time, we need your plan,” Reed added. “Show us what your proposal is and let us have a good old-fashioned debate to get this house in order. We need to get this economy up and running and we can do this by putting together an American market
According to Reed, the letter was couriered to the White House Monday and the members have yet to receive a response. He added he would be happy to hand deliver it to a White House official, but none was on hand to receive it.
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