Senator Tom Coburn tore up a poster of what he called "Congress's credit card" on the Senate floor:
"Do we, in fact, have the right or the privilege or the ability to ask for an extension and a raising of our debt when, in fact, we haven't acted responsibly with our spending?"
Coburn continued, "Nobody else in the country gets their credit raised when you haven't acted responsibly. They actually check your credit score. They know what kind of bills you're paying, whether you're getting further behind. So should we in fact tear up the credit card. Should we force some good old adult supervision on Congress, for we'll actually be forced to make difficult decisions about priorities on how we spend America's money.
"And when I mean America's money, I'm thinking people working hard every day. They may not be the highest taxpayer, but it is unconscionable to me that when we spend their money, that we're wasting 15% to 20% of it all the time.
"So I think we ought to tear it up. And the way we tear it up, we just tear it up. We tear the credit card up. We shred the credit card and we say you're going to live within your means. You're going to start making the hard choices. You are addicted to spending, you're addicted to not being responsible with the dollars you have. Congress needs to be in a 12-step program and it should start with us."