Republicans pushed back on Monday against President Obama’s assertion that voting against raising the debt ceiling amounts to voting for the government to default, pointing to then-Sen. Obama’s 2006 vote against raising the federal borrowing limit.

Brendan Buck, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), argued that the debt-ceiling battle doesn’t have to be a perpetual one as Obama has suggested – as long as the president “gets serious” about reforming government spending.