Conservatives Rallying Opposition to Debt Limit Increase

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) “sent another warning over the looming debt ceiling vote Friday, writing in an e-mail to supporters that ‘Republicans must do everything they can to block an increase in the debt limit,’” The Hill reports.

In the e-mail, sent to backers of DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund, the senator highlighted a Wall Street Journal op-ed penned by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), one of the candidates his PAC helped fund in 2010.

In the op-ed, Toomey writes that Congress can freeze the debt ceiling without defaulting on its obligations and that he’s poised to introduce a legislative fix.

"I intend to introduce legislation that would require the Treasury to make interest payments on our debt its first priority in the event that the debt ceiling is not raised," Toomey writes in the op-ed. "This would not only ensure the continued confidence of investors at home and abroad, but would enable us to have an honest debate about the consequences of our eventual decision about the debt ceiling."

In his e-mail, DeMint called it "a game changer" in the debate over the debt limit, which is leading up to a vote with potential 2012 implications for members in contested seats as soon as next month.

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