Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., appreciates the president's visit to Capitol Hill yesterday to meet with House Republicans, but still thinks both sides are far apart in an effort to fund the federal government beyond March 27 when the continuing resolution, currently funding the government in lieu of a budget, expires.
"I think he was trying to be as legit and real as he possibly could," said Walorski, "My point to him was---we all have to be in this together."
When President Obama told Republican lawmakers that he was not interested in balancing the federal budget over the next decade, Rep. Walorski argued the federal government should balance the budget like families have to do. She said the president responded, "America is not a family."
When asked about the exchange on Capitol Hill, Walorski told "Power Play with Chris Stirewalt" viewers today that she was giving the president a chance but was surprised by what he said. Walorski believes both sides remain far apart. "There are two clear choices. One is fighting for the middle class, the other is more taxes and spending as usual."
Walorski represents Indiana's Second District, which includes South Bend, and is proud the Hoosier State has led the way in fiscal responsibility by balancing its state budget, which requires that the state cannot carry over a deficit.
"Indiana has a AAA credit rating-we are stronger than the federal government," stated Walorski.
President Obama will visit Capitol Hill again this afternoon to visit Senate Republicans followed by a meeting with House Democrats.