Sen. John Cornyn wants the Senate to back him up after he called the idea that President Barack Obama could bypass Congress to raise the debt ceiling "crazy talk" on Fox News Sunday.
Cornyn, along with fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, introduced a non-binding "Sense of the Senate" resolution Thursday to send a message to Obama that he has to deal with Congress on the debt issue.
"It is unacceptable for Congress and the President to continue to abdicate their responsibility and fail to acknowledge that Washington has a spending problem," Cornyn said in a news release.
Currently, Obama has made no such threat. The controversy began over reports that the Obama administration was considering ways to avoid a debt default if Congress did not raise the debt ceiling by the Aug. 2 deadline. The question is over whether a portion of the 14th Amendment renders a debt ceiling unconstitutional.