Rep. Kinzinger: House Freshmen Likely to Support Budget Deal

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports:

The budget deal cutting only $38.5 billion in federal spending this year registered as a disappointment to some conservatives – including tea party supporters who pressed for a quick $100 billion in cuts.

But newly elected representatives appear likely to support the deal negotiated by House Speaker John Boehner, freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger told us on ABC’s “Top Line” today.

“You could always cut more. We always want bigger cuts -- we always want more,” said Kinzinger, R-Ill. “But given the situation … given what we've been looking at -- and this is the largest decrease since World War II -- this is the opening salvo.”

“So am I fully happy with it? No. I would have loved to have seen more. But given the situation we're in, you know, as I continue to pore over this -- it's been released today -- this is something that I think I'll support.”

While each of the 87 House Republican freshmen will make up their own minds, Kinzinger said he thinks most of the class will vote along with Boehner. Kinzinger gave the speaker an “A” for his role in negotiations with Senate Democratic leaders and President Obama.

“This is no monolithic, necessarily, freshman class that agrees on everything. We agree on principle, we agree on where we want to go. But there's some differences in tactics. But I think you’ll see the freshman class and the Republicans Pretty much stand together on this. You'll have some exceptions, of course.”

Kinzinger said he’s also inclined to support the budget proposal put forward by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Ohio, this week:

“I'm definitely leaning towards doing it. This is a very bold vision that I think has been outlined. It's politically risky. There's no doubt about it. This is a risky vote. But the American people and the people in the 11th District did not send me here to make easy votes, to do politically easy things. They sent me here to make tough decisions. And this is it.”

He also said Republicans are right to insist on budget-cutting specifics from President Obama as a condition of their support for a higher debt limit.

“The White House is the one that really needs to take a leadership role. There are asking us to increase the debt limit -- give us a reason to do it. Give us a roadmap for the way out,” Kinzinger said.

Watch the “Top Line” interview with Adam Kinzinger HERE .

Also today, we checked in with The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty on the president’s plans for addressing the deficit, plus Mitt Romney’s announcement this week that he’s forming a presidential exploratory committee.

Watch the segment with Karen Tumulty HERE .

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