SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - When the clock strikes midnight Tuesday, America will not default on its debts.
Quickly Tuesday, the senate passed and then the president signed a bill increasing the country's debt ceiling.
Both of Utah's senators, Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee voted against the debt bill.
They apparently did so for the same reason, it doesn't cut enough.
In a satellite interview with ABC 4, Hatch – a six term U.S. Senator – blamed Washington business as usual for much of the debt mess,
"There's just a lack of accountability here in Washington and the same type of people have been in control and spending us blind all these years that I have been here."
President Obama, in his remarks following the signing of the new debt bill, once again hinted that a tax hike for the wealthy may be part of future budget negotiations,
"Since you can't close the deficits with just spending cuts, we'll need a balanced approach where everything is on the table."
To which Senator Hatch responded,
"I guarantee you, if they increase taxes, they will spend every dime of it."
Senator Hatch is up for reelection next year.
He faces a possible challenge from fellow Republican and Third District Utah Congressman, Jason Chaffetz.