(CNN) - Sen. Tom Coburn continued to stress Wednesday that major spending cuts must take place before Congress agrees to raise the government's debt limit, which he also argued doesn't even exist.
"The debt ceiling has never not been raised, so there is no debt ceiling. And by having a debt ceiling and then raising it every time, it allows the politicians off the hook for making the hard choices," the Oklahoma Republican said on CNN's "New Day."
Coburn said he'd rather have a "managed catastrophe now" than "kick it down the road."
"We can't continue to get an increased limit on our credit card when we're not demonstrating any financial integrity in the way we run our government," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo.
The senator made his point in a more visual way on the Senate floor Tuesday, when he ripped apart a giant poster modeled after a credit card for the U.S. government.