Rep. Amash: Freshmen were 'begging' GOP leadership for compromise on debt-ceiling deal

Amash, who voted against the GOP budget resolution before the Easter break and is a frequent "no" vote on Republican bills, also criticized Republicans for not looking for ways to compromise with Democrats.

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"If you're continually in a take-no-prisoners political war, it's not easy to talk to the other side, let alone trust them," Amash said.

But while he called for compromise, he also credited freshman Republicans with bringing attention to the fiscal crisis. "The good news is that the tide is turning, thanks largely to the freshman class," he said.

The debt-ceiling agreement reached last summer allowed the federal government to raise the debt ceiling by $900 billion, in return for another $900 billion in spending cuts over 10 years and the creation of a "supercommittee" that was designed to find another $1.5 trillion in cuts. The supercommittee failed, which opens the door to $1.2 trillion in "sequestration" cuts, which Congress will have to manage this year.

Amash appeared with David Walker, the former comptroller general of the United States and now CEO of the Comeback America Initiative. Walker said the failure to address the rising deficits and debt was "unethical" and "immoral," and blamed Washington's failure to deal with the problem on one factor: "no leadership."

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