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Local Tea Party member, lawmakers react to debt stalemate

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A crucial vote on the country's debt limit in the House of Representatives was delayed Thursday night.

Many speculate Speaker of the House John Boehner, (R-Ohio) didn't have the votes necessary to get his plan through Congress. Many said the major roadblock was disagreement within his own party, particularly with so-called Tea Party candidates.

Everett Hamilton is a member of the Tea Party Patriots of Central Pennsylvania. He said he appreciates the newly-elected representatives holding true to their campaign promises of fiscal responsibility, although he thinks it's time to get down to business.

"The grownups need to get back in the room," Hamilton said. "That's not the case right now. And I don't care if it is a Republican or a Democrat at this point. The adults are not in the room."

Hamilton said members of the Tea Party are not to blame for the stalemate, and are not the "whack jobs" they are made out to be. He said they only want limited constitutional government, free markets and fiscal responsibility.

"We're just simply looking at fiscal responsibility and saying that it has to kick in," Hamilton said.

Congressional representatives from the midstate said the fight is political theater, and agreed they need to find a compromise.

"We need to find something that the Senate will accept and the White House will accept and get it done," said Tim Holden (D-Dauphin County). "If the Tea Party people will not vote for that, let them vote 'no."

"There are individuals with all sorts of opinions on this issue," said Republican Todd Platts (R-York County). "At the end of the day we need to govern."

Republican leaders have been struggling to line up the 216 votes Boehner's bill would need to pass the House. Even if they do find the votes needed, it faces near-certain defeat in the Senate.

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