Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) laughed off an August 3 Weekly Standard piece labeling his Republican Study Committee, which he chairs, the Republican party's "enemy within." The Standard balked at Jordan for opposing House Speaker John Boehner's efforts to control the debt ceiling. Jordan insists his opposition was necessary to reach a bipartisan agreement. At an American Spectator Newsmakers breakfast Wednesday at the D.C. offices of Americans for Tax Reform, Jordan described the spirit of compromise that informed his decision.
Jordan's Study Committee pushed to negotiate with President Obama on the issue of raising the debt ceiling in return for Democrat support for a Balanced Budget Amendment. "We were willing to raise the debt ceiling to a level that it had never reached before, which a lot of conservatives didn't like." But in return, Jordan's Committee requested from the president the help of 50 House Democrats and 13 Senate Democrats to pass the Balanced Budget Amendment. The failure of these negotiations, Jordan believes, rests, to a large degree, on the shoulders of Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On defense spending, Jordan is less compromising. "Whenever the left wants to cut spending, the first place they look is the defense budget." But for conservatives, Jordan says, "There's a lot of government that we can cut before we start looking at defense."
Rep. Jordan left the event to attend the Arlington funeral of a slain serviceman from his district.