(CNN) - Republican Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Nikki Haley of South Carolina urged Washington to follow in their states footsteps by instituting budget cuts, caps on future spending and a balanced budget amendment, cornerstones of the "Cut Cap and Balance Pledge" they signed.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, the two governors said the system in Washington enables elected officials to avoid making the tough fiscal decisions required at the state level.
"Washington makes it easier for elected officials to bury their heads in the sand, avoid responsibility and make it easier choice for all: borrow more, plunge our nation deeper into debt and allow this generation to punt the tough decisions to our children and grandchildren," they wrote in the piece published online Thursday.
The "Cut Cap and Balance Pledge" has received support from Republicans across the country while the White House and Congressional leaders try to reach an agreement to raise the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline. It is also a litmus test for the support of Republican kingmaker Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, whose backing in 2012 could prove important with his conservative following and roots in the early voting state.
Perry, the longest serving governor in his state's history, is considering a run for the White House in 2012 and Haley, currently serving her first term, has said she will endorse a candidate in her state's early presidential primary.
Perry and Haley said avoiding hard choices over the debt might be good politics, but it is also bad policy. They used their states' respective economies as examples of what happens when good policy is implemented.
Texas has a balanced budget and has not raised taxes, steps that contributed to strong job creation in the Lone Star State, they wrote.
And in South Carolina, legislators have to record their votes on every section of the budget "so that voters can see their spending habits," according to the Post.
By raising the debt ceiling, they said Washington has managed to avoid the difficult actions made by states, businesses and families.
"The only way to get the federal government to end this indefensible practice is to draw a line and finally hold Washington accountable," they wrote. "The pledge we've signed represents an important step in this process."