The bad news is here for Joe Biden, and he's getting called out.
Biden has famously rejected the idea that he should have to negotiate with Republicans over America's debt ceiling, stuck on the idea that his government should be able to spend what it wants to spend without restrictions.
Obviously, that isn't going to work for a country that's already about a zillion dollars in debt, so he's going to have to bend eventually.
Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, feels like "eventually" might come sooner rather than later.
"As Kevin McCarthy, as speaker of the House, meets with the White House, it’s imperative that he arrive in a position of negotiating power," Lee said, adding:
And, to that end, we have got not only the Republican Conference in the Senate backing what the Republicans in the House passed week before last, but we have also now got a solid bloc of Republicans, more than enough to bloc any so-called clean debt ceiling bill from moving forward. Anything that raises the debt ceiling without substantive spending and budgetary reforms, we have now got 43 Republicans who have signed a letter, two more, who have said they would stand with us, while not signing the letter, to refuse to bring debate to a close on any clean debt ceiling increase bill.
"What that means … is that they can’t do this," Lee concluded. "Whenever you have got 41 senators who are unwilling to bring debate to a close on any legislation, it cannot pass. We have now got more than enough to stop exactly the kind of legislation that Joe Biden wants. What that means is that the White House is going to have to come to the table and enter into real talks with the House Republicans, starting with Speaker Kevin McCarthy."