Washington, D.C. (KLTV) - Saturday afternoon, East Texas congressman Louie Gohmert called KLTV from Washington, D.C. to talk about the debt ceiling negotiations. Gohmert said it will take a game changer to get republicans to vote for an increase in the debt ceiling.
"What I'm pushing for, and what I've been assured we're going to get to vote on, is to eliminate all the automatic increases," Gohmert said. "And I was just telling our majority leader that I've talked to guys in our caucus. If they put a zero base line budget, eliminate all the automatic increases, there are a number of people who said they would vote for an increase in the debt ceiling. Just to do that because it's such a game changer."
Automatic raises for federal agencies are about a 7 to 8-percent increase each year. Gohmert also said he thinks it looks like there will probably be a temporary fix first before dealing with the long term debt issues.
"What we are hearing is that they may be talking about a short term fix for a couple of months, so we can get something else worked out," Gohmert said. "The trouble is we've know this is coming, and some of us and some of us have felt sure that August 2nd was not a hard and fast date. It might be later in the month before we have a real crisis."