In 1984, Then-Senator Joe Biden had to make a choice about whether to support a federal debt limit increase.
He said, "I must express my protest against continually increasing the debt without taking positive steps to slow its growth." Senator Biden voted not to raise the debt ceiling.
Today, my philosophy on raising the debt ceiling is very similar to Vice President Biden's: we can't keep upping our credit limit without taking steps to get our future debt under control.
14 days into this federal government shutdown and mere days away from exhausting government's $16.7 trillion credit limit, the time for bipartisan solutions is now.
The United States should always pay its bills, but the President and members of congress are responsible to take steps to reduce those bills for the future. Both parties need to be committed to this responsible reality.