(CBS) While Republicans are steering away from a fight with President Obama over the debt limit, GOP lawmakers don’t like what they heard in President’s second Inaugural address.
The president laid out an agenda in his second inaugural address that tackles gun control, immigration reform and climate change.
President Obama went to a post inaugural prayer service before diving back into work. Republicans had their criticism ready.
“One thing was clear from the President’s speech yesterday. The era of Liberalism is back,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell.
But there is a truce in the battle over the debt ceiling. Wednesday House Republicans are expected to pass legislation allowing the government to borrow the money to pay its bills for the next few months.
But this debt limit deal demands Democrats in the Senate do something they haven’t done in nearly four years- pass a budget.
“We clearly need a budget, it’s silly there hasn’t been one in three and a half years. By the way, the debt has gone up $5-trillion dollars since we had a budget in the Senate,” said Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.
The GOP initially wanted to use a vote on the debt limit to force Democrats and the President to agree to more spending cuts.