Two dozen Republican senators have signed a letter to President Joe Biden noting that they do not plan to vote to raise the debt ceiling unless action is taken to address the nation's spending problem.
The lawmakers conveyed their "outright opposition to a debt-ceiling hike without real structural spending reform that reduces deficit spending and brings fiscal sanity back to Washington. It is the policy of the Senate Republican conference 'that any increase in the debt ceiling must be accompanied by cuts in federal spending of an equal or greater amount as the debt ceiling increase, or meaningful structural reform in spending, such as the Prevent Government Shutdown Act or the Full Faith and Credit Act.' We intend to stand by that policy."
America's massive and ever-increasing national debt is currently more than $31 trillion.
"Our nation's fiscal policy is a disaster. Our country owes $31 trillion, a level of debt that now well exceeds the size of our economy," the letter states. "We do not intend to vote for a debt-ceiling increase without structural reforms to address current and future fiscal realities, actually enforce the budget and spending rules on the books, and manage out-of-control government policies."
The Republicans who signed the letter include Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, J.D. Vance of Ohio, Eric Schmitt of Missouri, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Braun of Indiana, Ted Budd of North Carolina, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Ted Cruz of Texas, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, Sen. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho, Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas, Joni Ernst of Iowa, James Risch of Idaho, John Barrasso of Wyoming, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, Katie Britt of Alabama, and Tim Scott of South Carolina.
Paul has described America's debt as "the greatest threat to our national security."
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