On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution to block President Obama's request for a $1.2 trillion hike of the debt ceiling.
But the Senate is not expected to follow suit and, even if it did, neither chamber could stop President Obama from vetoing that rejection.
"The biggest problem is that we have no plan to get out of debt," says Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), a member of the House Budget Committee.
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"The default mode we're in makes it worse every month. We've got to break through this."
Lankford explains what statement can be made through this vote, what Republicans can do this year since they're powerless to stop the additional borrowing and what kind of spending cuts his party is prepared to make.