U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) and 41 of his colleagues in a letter to President Barack Obama opposing his proposal to unilaterally and permanently raise the nation's debt ceiling.
"For the president to demand the ability to increase the debt limit on his own is simply irresponsible, and Senate Democrats know it," said Blunt. "The American people want us to fight to cut spending and rein in our debt, not to give the president unprecedented power to spend their hard-earned tax payer dollars at his whim."
The letter came on the heels of Majority Leader Harry Reid's (Nev.) refusal to allow a vote on the president's proposed $1.6 trillion tax hike. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner recently claimed President Obama's fiscal cliff plan "will absolutely earn more than enough Democratic support."