Democrats want to hike the debt ceiling, so they can keep on spending. Republicans want to do some cuts.
Here's the deal. We pass proper appropriation bills for each executive department. AFTER, all the appropriations are passed, AND signed by the president, THEN we will hike the debt ceiling just enough to get thru the next fiscal year.
With proper appropriation bills, we can have some control, we can cut wasteful pork, and beef up programs that actually help the economy. Right now the government is running on a "continuing resolution" a bill which says, "OK, you bureaucrats can keep on spending like you spent last year." All the waste keeps on pouring down the drain.
We want that open check book closed, and no money spent except by lawful appropriations.