Lawmakers are at an impasse on how to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government, which has been shut down for a week. They are also working against an Oct. 17 deadline for raising the nation's borrowing limit.
“Congress told the government to spend more money than we had … but now Congress is threatening to run out on the bill,” Warren said. “If that strikes you as bizarre, it is.”
But some Republicans, such as Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulPaul: Pence should oversee Senate ObamaCare repeal votes Healthcare fight pits Trump against Club for Growth GOP rep: Trump could be 'one-term president' if healthcare bill passes MORE (R-Ky.), have said the credit limit doesn’t need to be raised because enough revenue is generate to pay the interest on U.S. debt.
Warren said a U.S. default could bring on a “world-wide recession.”
“We can make a mistake and then back up and fix it,” Warren said. “A default on our national debt is not one of those things. … We are playing with the lives of every American.”
House Republicans have demanded that repealing parts of ObamaCare be included in a debt ceiling increase and Senate Republicans have called for major entitlement reform to reduce spending. President Obama has demanded that Congress sent him a "clean" debt ceiling increase.
It's unclear where the fight will go from here as each side becomes more entrenched.