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GOP Freshmen Vote Overwhelmingly for Bill

Monday, 01 Aug 2011 09:57 PM

Reality sunk in this week for House GOP freshmen, sent to Washington by constituents who wanted to rein in spending.

At the end of the past several weeks of wrangling with their own leaders, and fighting against a Democratic assault on their willingness to compromise, most of the GOP freshmen voted for a bipartisan deal that raises the debt ceiling and cuts the deficit. And the may face retribution back home for it, Politico reports.

In all, 59 freshmen voted for the debt bill, two-thirds of the freshman class, with 28 opposing.

Thre freshmen say they came to their decision to support the bill by listening and by growing to understand the consequences of such an importan vote, understanding that came with the counsel of those who've held office far longer than they. And the House leadership was able to make them feel "enough like valued members that when the time for tough votes came, they were ready to be team players in lending their support,"  Politico reports.

“I think increasingly we feel a part of a body,” says Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., a freshman ophthalmologist with no prior political experience.“You don’t know what you don’t know until you arrive here in the Capitol.”

The freshmen attended weekly sessions with House leaders and orientation sessions to help them understand what would gain support and what wouldn't.  Conversations about the debt ceiling started when they first came to Washington for orientation in November, and they’ve continued throughout the year. Hayworth says the sessions built trust among the members.

“You start to understand why those who have been here in previous terms have counseled you as they have. In reaching such a momentous decision as we have today, one that is so freighted with importance and emotional impact, you just think of how all of these experiences have become integral to the way you approach this vote,” she said.


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