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Sen. Mark Warner: 'If We Don’t Get This Fixed, All of Us Ought to Get Fired'

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., isn’t mincing words: He flat-out told one of his constituents that if lawmakers -- himself included -- fail to pass a budget in time and resolve the ongoing debt debate, everyone should be canned.

“If we don’t get this fixed, all of us -- all of us -- ought to get fired,” the senator told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. Warner was responding to a concern raised by one of his constituents, Peggy Lemons of Richmond, Va.

Lemons told ABC News that she fears the consequences if the United States fails to pay its debt.

“It frightens me to no end,” said Lemons, “I have to pay my bills and my debt every month. Can I have a debate over it? No. I have to pay my debt. Our country needs to pay the debt.”

Sounds like common sense, but things don’t always make sense on Capitol Hill. Both sides are digging their heels in on this debate. Several Democratic lawmakers say they will not budge on cuts to entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security, and many Republican lawmakers refuse to consider raising taxes to increase revenue.  

But at the end of the day, surely the United States has to pay its bills? Posing that question to Warner is like preaching to the choir.

“Amen,” said the Virginia senator. “And what statement does that make when we’ve got some members of Congress that say, ‘Hey this debt ceiling, it doesn’t matter if we default.’ What does that say to families and businesses that have to pay their bills every month if the United States government says: tough?”

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has said the deadline to raise the debt ceiling is Aug. 2. A failure to do so would lead to the United States defaulting on its debt, and, most likely, a subsequent downgrade of the credit rating of the country.

If Warner’s concerns come to light, and representatives from the red and blue parties can’t find a way to resolve the debt issue, then Americans will start sending their lawmakers pink slips come Aug. 3.

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