Tea Party to GOP: Budget Cuts Not Deep Enough

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WASHINGTON -- With Washington facing a massive budget deficit, Congress is looking to cuts even more spending. The negotiations between the two parties haven't been easy.  

Ever mindful of the growing $14 trillion national debt, Tea Party members continue to put pressure on Republicans to keep their campaign promises to rectify the situation.

"The national debt went up $75 billion in a day on March 15," Seton Motley, president of the group Less Government, said. 

"So if you think you're cutting a $104 billion for the year and it went up $75 billion in one day, you're not making a lot of headway," he said.

But that $104 billion in cuts was only intended to be a Republican goal for this year.  Apparently, they may be willing to settle for as little as $33 billion - an amount that is far from satisfactory to the Tea Party.

Click play to watch Paul Strand's report.  Also, click here to watch more analysis of America's spending problems with Seton Motley, president of the group Less Government.
    
"Stop spending money you don't have!" Rep., Michele, R-Minn., exclaimed at Thursday's Tea Party rally.

Republican leaders have defended themselves, saying they can only do so much with the Democrats in charge of most of the government.

"We control one-half of one-third of the government here in Washington," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters at a weekly briefing.  "We can't impose our will on the Senate.  All we can do is to fight for all of the spending cuts that we can get an agreement to."    

But the Tea Party has made it clear they want to see more than congressional leaders agreeing with them in word - they want actual deeds
 
"When you set the bar low, you jump low," Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., said. 

"You all have some high standards and high expectations, and we have to start living up to them," he added. "One of the problems we have is a lack of visionary leadership and have to bring that forward." 

Republicans are concerned that some Democrats will only offer lowball cuts that aren't acceptable in hopes of forcing a government shutdown, making the GOP look bad in the eyes of the public.

Still, some conservative lawmakers say they're willing to pay that price to secure real spending cuts.
 
"You know, nobody wants a government shutdown," Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said. "But if we don't take a stand, we're going to shut down the future for our children and grandchildren." 

"We as Republicans need to not be so afraid of a shutdown that we're afraid to stand on principle," Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said.
 
There's no doubt the Tea Party will continue to press the GOP to hold on to that principle.

"With a deficit this year of $1.65 trillion and a national debt of $14 trillion and a defiant liberal majority in the Senate, it's time to pick a fight," Pence said.

Meanwhile, the Tea Party will be looking forward to next year's elections, when they hope to elect more candidates who mean business when it comes to taking on the nation's debt crisis.

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As senior correspondent in CBN's Washington, D.C., bureau, Paul Strand has covered a variety of political and social issues, with an emphasis on defense, justice, and Congress.  Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulStrandCBN and "like" him at Facebook.com/PaulStrandCBN.