Eight Republican senators sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a letter saying they will block any bill not focused on spending, debt or reducing government. The signatories were Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), John Ensign (R-NV), Jim DeMint (R-SC), David Vitter (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
“With our national debt poised to reach its $14.3 trillion limit in the very near future, taxpayers expect Congress to work together to reduce wasteful and unnecessary spending and be more vigilant about how we spend public funds,” the senators write. “The American people want Congress to deal with the tough issues of cutting spending, and almost every member of the Senate has agreed that we must address our fiscal situation immediately.” They express their view that the Senate “must not debate and consider bills at this time that do not affirmatively cut spending, directly address structural budget reforms, reduce government’s role in the economy so businesses can create jobs, or directly address this current financial crisis.”