The news conference was criticized by Republicans who believe the President used it to demonize the GOP and play down the fiscal difficulties facing the nation.
“The American people reject the out of control government spending that has fueled the current debt crisis,” said the Republican lawmaker in a statement. “My constituents in Georgia are adamantly opposed to business as usual and have demanded reforms that make Washington smaller so our communities can grow and create more jobs.
"The president is wrong to think of a debt limit increase as a rubber stamp. Those days are over. The debt limit is one of the last stop signs left in Washington, and Congress should use it to force the president to enact tax and spending reform so that future generations do not bear the burden of this government’s irresponsible behavior.”
Rep. Graves represents Georgia’s 14th congressional district.