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Webb Accuses GOP Leaders Of Caving In To Partisan Demands

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After the president's speech this morning, congressional websites began crashing and phone lines got overwhelmed as the public weighed in on the nation’s most pressing question.

Even with the prodding, gridlock persists at the Capitol. To gain support from the far right wing of the party, House GOP leaders added a constitutional amendment to balance the budget to their bill, raising the debt limit.

Democrats, like Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, say GOP leaders are caving to partisan demands.

"The country right now, the country's economy, is being held hostage by a relatively small group of people in the Republican party, not the entire Republican party, who want this issue to continue all the way into the 2012 elections," says Webb.

If no deal is reached by Tuesday both Maryland and Virginia face the potential to have their credit ratings downgraded.

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