Pennsylvania senator Pat Toomey, who voted in favor of the fiscal cliff deal, said earlier today that the real battle for Republicans lies ahead, in the debate over raising the debt ceiling. And Toomey called for Republicans to take a hard line in the forthcoming fight.
“Our opportunity here is on the debt ceiling,” Toomey said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “The president has made it very clear. He doesn’t even want to have a discussion about it because he knows this is where we have leverage. We Republicans need to be willing to tolerate a temporary, partial government shutdown, which is what that could mean, and insist that we get off the road to Greece, because that’s the road we’re on right now.”
President Obama, however, said last night that he is unwilling to negotiate with Congress on the issue. “While I will negotiate over many things,” he said, “I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed.”
If Toomey has his way, the president may not have a choice.