"I realize this is a very important issue, and I understand that a number of my colleagues have worked very hard to bring this issue to the floor," Johnson said. "But the fact of the matter is it simply doesn't address the fact that we're bankrupting this nation. So, Mr. President, I do object."

After that, Reid said the Senate would remain in a period of morning business, and said no votes would be held until next Tuesday. Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Poll finds little support for Menendez reelection Judge tells Menendez lawyer to 'shut up' MORE (D-N.J.) immediately took to the floor to blast the Republican decision to block work on these two issues as "amazing" and "outrageous."

"I hear a lot about wanting to get the people's work done but then I hear objections to trying to move to try to get the people's work done," Menendez said. "So, pretty outrageous."

But several Republicans took the floor, led by Johnson, and complained that while President Obama criticized Congress for not reaching a solution on the debt ceiling, neither Obama nor Vice President Biden is around to engage in talks.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE (R-Ky.) noted that Obama is in Philadelphia at a fundraiser, and Biden in is Las Vegas for a fundraiser.

"If he's going to go on national television and chastise us not for doing work, we're here saying we want to be working on the nation's problems," Paul said. "Where is the president? Campaigning."

Sen. David VitterDavid VitterYou're fired! Why it's time to ditch the Fed's community banker seat Overnight Energy: Trump set to propose sharp cuts to EPA, energy spending Former La. official tapped as lead offshore drilling regulator MORE (R-La.) said Senate Republicans wrote Reid a letter Thursday asking him when Democrats would put "serious bills" on the floor to address spending and debt, when the Senate Budget Committee will meet to work on a budget proposal, when a spending cap bill might be put on the floor, and when a balanced-budget amendment could be considered.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said Democratic objections to spending cuts shows they are "addicted" to spending.

"Washington is addicted to spending, and the addict in chief is President Obama," he said. "He's promised many times to quit, to quit spending, to live within our means, but he keeps falling off the wagon. And now, for the fourth time since he's been president, he's asking Congress to refill the bottle so that he can keep spending, keep borrowing, and keep increasing America's debt."

-- This story was updated at 4:03 p.m.