House Speaker John Boehner was unable to muster sufficient support from the hardline fiscal conservatives in his caucus to pass his debt-ceiling plan in the House yesterday, causing the expected vote on the bill to be delayed.
Representative Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina and a Tea Party freshman, is one of the members of Congress who Boehner failed to win over last evening.
Gowdy joins Christine Romans today on American Morning to discuss whether progress was made in last night's meeting with the GOP caucus and to weigh in on what it will take for him to support the debt-ceiling bill.
"I view my job as the Congressman for the Fourth Congressional District in South Carolina is to vote the collective conscience of my constituents which is this: We have a $14 trillion problem. The notion of giving the President a clean debt increase was never going to happen," Gowdy says in the interview.
He adds, "What we'll do today, I predict will be done today, is for the third time, send a plan that raises the debt ceiling in a responsible way."