When President Barack Obama complains about House Republicans unwilling to compromise on a deficit reduction package, he's talking about Rep. Jim Jordan, a former wrestling champion from Ohio who is becoming a driving force in the debt debate on Capitol Hill.
Jordan's district is right next to Speaker John Boehner's in the western part of Ohio, but ideologically, he is miles apart from the Republican leader.
As Boehner and his lieutenants scrambled Tuesday for votes for the speaker's latest debt bill, Jordan announced at a news conference that he opposed the package, and he boldly predicted the speaker didn't have enough Republican votes to pass it. Tuesday night, GOP leaders postponed a vote planned for Wednesday as they worked to rewrite the package.
"If you look at this, it's about a $7 billion reduction in spending from what we're currently at," Jordan said. "We advocated something much more than that."
Boehner's plan promised spending cuts in excess of $1 trillion over the next decade in exchange for raising the debt ceiling by a slightly smaller amount. It also would establish a committee of lawmakers to recommend additional budget savings next year in exchange for extending the government's borrowing authority through 2012.