On Friday afternoon, a scrum of reporters clamored around freshman Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) in the Speaker’s Lobby just off the House floor. The scribes peppered Huizenga with questions about the impasse between Republicans and Democrats over spending and the possibility of a government shutdown.

Maverick Republicans like Huizenga came to Washington last fall with a clear message: shave spending. And those who rode the tea party wave to Washington know they could find themselves in the same, unenviable position as the Democrats they toppled if they don’t make good on their electoral mandate.

For a few moments, Huizenga stuck to the traditional GOP talking points. He called out the Senate for inaction and criticized the $33 billion in cuts proposed by the Obama Administration.

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