Originally Posted by cosmo20002
You're talking about future spending, which is a seperate issue from bills already accrued and due.
They were. Raised the ceiling without a fuss many times. Then Obama was elected. And the bills they largely ran up over the prior decade, they suddenly didn't want to pay.
Do you realize that the congress doesn't need to raise the debt ceiling to pay on the debt? You don't pay your credit card bill with another credit card. The debt ceiling is an issue of accruing more debt, not paying debt already owed.