Freshmen in Congress have hassled the President this week for attempting to raise the national debt ceiling. Tennessee’s Representatives are among them.
Republican Diane Black of Gallatin accuses the Obama Administration of wanting to “kick the can down the road.”
“We will be sending the White House a message loud and clear. You will not be getting another blank check. That’s because I and 87 of my colleagues were sent here with strict orders to change the borrow-and-spend cycle.”
Rep. Scott DesJarlais says the White House needs to come to a “realization,” calling the President’s fiscal policy “irresponsible” and “reckless.” He says the mantra he hears from constituents in the 4th Congressional District is “stop spending money that our nation doesn’t have.”
Congressman Stephen Fincher of Crockett County is less emphatic, but in a statement says the country can’t vote to increase the debt ceiling without significant spending cuts.
This week, Tennessee’s two Democrats voted to approve a debt ceiling hike, a measure that ultimately failed.