Behind the Poll

Following the brief battle over whether or not to raise the debt ceiling, one senator wants to get rid of it altogether. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) wants to permanently eliminate the debt ceiling, saying that it’s a “live hand grenade” that can be used by either political party.

“If you don’t like government spending, hire members of Congress who pass appropriations bills, that is the process we have in terms of spending,” Warner said.

“Having this arbitrary political tool out there that allows extremists, on either end of the political spectrum, like giving them a live hand grenade and having them pull the pin, to kind of self-inflict damage, is crazy.

“I would hope we would take this moment and frankly remove the debt ceiling political tool for all future administrations, Democrat or Republican.”