National debt is a generational and moral issue: Rep. Marsha Blackburn

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is frustrated with Republicans and wants the party to get serious about tackling spending.

“I see this as a generational issue and a moral issue,” Rep. Blackburn told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo on “Mornings with Maria” on Monday.

The national debt exceeded $21 trillion for the first time last week, according to the U.S. Treasury, after hitting $20 trillion in early September.

Efforts to rein in the budget should begin with giving Medicaid back to the states, Blackburn said.

“As somebody who continues to offer across the board spending cuts for discretionary spending, who says let’s take these steps, as you look entitlements and send Medicaid back to the states- what a great first step that would be in order to begin to get our arms around the spending outlays,” she said.

Passing a budget amendment without tax increases should also be included, she added.

“I’m trying to get us to put the balance the budget amendment on the floor for a vote because we have not done that in the past three or four years … That’s where you get to the point that you can begin to claw back some of this spending,” said Blackburn.