None of the high-profile Republican candidates for United States Senate care much for the deal reached in Washington to raise the debt ceiling.
Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale says the nation doesn’t need a “clean” debt ceiling bill.
“Well, I hate that it passed with no strings attached. I hate that it passed,” Dinsdale tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Dinsdale says he would not have voted to raise the threshold for borrowing unless it included budget cuts. Dinsdale says not only does Congress need to cut the budget, it needs to reduce the size of the federal government. He says government needs to shift closer to the individual.
Midland University President Ben Sasse says too many members of Congress go to Washington and begin acting like Santa Claus, giving gifts to special interests.
Sasse would have voted against a clean debt ceiling bill.
“And to just keep having a clean, as the Congress is doing now, a clean debt ceiling raise is another way of saying someday down the road trust us, we’ll actually get serious,” Sasse says in an interview with Nebraska Radio Network.
But Congress hasn’t been serious about cutting the budget deficit, according to former state Treasurer Shane Osborn.
“There should be some spending changes adapted into raising the debt ceiling,” Osborn tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We need to have some consideration for this that gets the country back on track.”
Osborn says Congress has been playing too many games with the federal debt.
A day of reckoning is coming says Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay, who says he understands concerns about defaulting on the nation’s debt.
“I don’t want to default. Nobody does. We have got to figure out this problem,” McLeay tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
McLeay advocates adding a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution as the only way to get Congress to get spending in line.
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this article.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:55]