Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker (R) says the idea of raising the debt ceiling, which was set at $14.3 trillion in February 2010, is “a golden opportunity” for fiscal conservatives because it would give them meaningful legislation for mindful spending in exchange for their vote.
“I’ve been to this dance before. In 1995, I was a freshman member of the House of Representatives, and we actually did shut the government down,” Wicker recalls. “It wasn’t on the debt ceiling issue; it was in the appropriations process with a continuing resolution. At one point, we just decided that we would not pass the continuing resolution unless we got some concessions from [President Bill Clinton].”