One of my key priorities during this debate will be to secure at least $1 in additional spending cuts for every $1 increase in the debt limit allowed. Last Congress I introduced a bill to replace the defense cuts with further reductions in nondefense spending and with reforms to mandatory entitlement programs. It also redirected additional savings to increase spending on national defense to 4 percent of GDP, which is an appropriate target to maintain our national security advantage.
In the coming months these are the reforms my conservative colleagues and I will be fighting for. And now that the tax cuts have been made permanent, we will be fighting for spending cuts from a position of strength.
Inhofe, R-Tulsa, is Oklahoma's senior U.S. senator (www.inhofe.senate.gov).