Republicans are already threatening to refuse to raise the debt ceiling unless their demands are met. On MSNBC this morning, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said that Republicans should be willing to shut down the government if Democrats don’t agree to a “restructuring the entitlement programs” — code for cuts to benefits:
TOOMEY: We Republicans need to be willing to tolerate a temporary, partial government shutdown, which is what that could mean. And get off the road to Greece because thata��s a road that wea��re on right now. We can only solve this problem by getting spending under control and restructuring the entitlement programs. This president doesna��t want to go there. Wea��re going to have to force it, and wea��re going to have to force it over the debt ceiling.
Toomey has been an advocate of raising the retirement age to cut benefits for seniors.
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