Group of GOP freshmen pledge support for Boehner's debt bill

More than two-dozen Tea Party-backed Republican freshmen announced their support Thursday for the debt-limit plan offered by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Close to 30 of the 87-member freshman class, many of whom were leaning against Boehner's plan, told reporters they've decided to support it despite its imperfections. 

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Standing shoulder-to-shoulder around a Speaker's lectern steps from the House of Representatives, the freshmen took turns pledging their support for a plan they say is bipartisan.

"We believe this bill is bipartisan in its origins," Freshman Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) said. "I believe it will pass the House today, and it’s going to go over to the Senate, and I believe that once it gets over there, they’ll take a second look at it and realize that these are ideas of theirs that Sen. [Harry] Reid [D-Nev.] was behind. I believe it can pass the Senate, and it represents what a lot of different people at the table want." 

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby (R) said their show of support was for the Speaker more than the substance of his "far from perfect" measure.

“We are here today to demonstrate our support for Speaker Boehner, because we believe it’s the right thing to do. Let’s be clear: the Boehner plan is far from perfect. If I had written it myself, it would look much different," Roby said.

GOP Leaders worked hard to win the support of members in the group, which included Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas.).