Senate GOP weighs anti-Obama resolution on debt

July 12, 2011 - 12:29 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are considering a "resolution of disapproval" to express their displeasure with President Barack Obama's stand on debt negotiations that are growing increasingly testy.

The GOP senators were meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday ahead of a planned afternoon announcement. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blasted Obama in an earlier speech. He said a solution to the debt problem seems unattainable so long as Obama is president.

A Senate "resolution of disapproval" can be used to overturn federal rules. But passage of a resolution criticizing Obama on the debt seems unlikely in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The plans were outlined by Senate insiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan has not been formally announced.