Washington (CNN) – The Republicans' latest weekly address makes no mention of the government funding bill whose passage they spent recent weeks tying to an effort to defund Obamacare. Instead, the focus is now on the debt limit.
In Saturday's address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the GOP conference chairwoman, calls the debt limit debate “a golden opportunity to fix the problems coming out of Washington."
According to Rodgers, Americans overwhelmingly want the bill that would authorize the Treasury Department to raise its borrowing limit to come with “solutions that help solve our debt and grow our economy."
That means a host of GOP priorities like approving the Keystone XL pipeline, updating the tax code and delaying the Affordable Care Act.
Rogers was deeply critical of President Barack Obama’s refusal to negotiate over the debt limit. Obama has said that raising the limit to ensure the country can pay for spending that Congress already authorized is Congress' responsibility.
The debt limit has been tied to efforts to alter spending before, Rogers said, arguing that presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and even Obama himself in 2011 negotiated over the debt limit. It was the 2011 debt limit deal that created the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester.
Obama “wants to take the easy way out,” Rodgers said, “exactly the kind of foolishness that got us here in the first place.”
“To reiterate, every major deficit reduction effort of the last 30 years has been tied to the debt limit. This time should be no different," she said.