(CNN) - Sen. Deb Fischer, who was sworn into her first term just over a week ago, laid out a path for the Republican Party to follow through the debt limit and spending battles ahead in the next few months.
"These hardworking taxpayers are tired of petty 'beltway battles' and they're frustrated with the lack of progress from their elected leaders," the Nebraskan said in her party's weekly address.
She urged Republicans to push for spending cuts as part of the upcoming debt ceiling debate.
"The president will soon ask Congress to raise the nation's debt limit - again," she said. "I believe we cannot agree to increase the borrowing limit without addressing our out-of-control spending. That's why Nebraskans sent me here. That's what the American people demand. And that's what our children and our grandchildren deserve."
The country hit the legal borrowing limit at the end of 2012, but the Treasury Department has employed so-called extraordinary measures to continue funding the government. But should Congress not act within weeks, the treasury could be without authority to pay the nation's bills.
Obama said in a statement after the fiscal cliff deal passed the House that he expected Congress to increase the debt ceiling without the haggling of the cliff debate.
"While I will negotiate over many things, 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," he said. "If Congress refuses to give the United States government the ability to pay these bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy would be catastrophic - far worse than the impact of a fiscal cliff."
Fischer was elected to her seat following the retirement of Sen. Ben Nelson, a Democrat, and included a balanced budget in her campaign platform.
"Rather than cutting wasteful spending, the federal government added $4 billion each day to our gross national debt. This path is not sustainable," she said in her address. "I support a more limited government that focuses on fulfilling its core duties and responsibilities. Only then can we identify the national priorities worthy of taxpayer funding."
The expensive but politically important entitlement programs, she said, should be on the table.
“It’s no secret that to cut spending, we must find ways to reduce the costs of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid–the primary drivers of our national debt," she said. "We must do so in a way that keeps our promises to America’s seniors, retirees, and those nearing retirement age. That is not a point for debate. But in order to save these popular programs, we must reform them. If not, they will no longer exist for future generations and will bankrupt us in the meantime."