Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who was for a national debt commission before he voted against one, used a Politico commentary to argue against President Obama's version, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The administration asked the commission not to account for interest payments on the national debt, Brownback complained: "This is like thinking that you can pay off your credit card debt by paying only the interest every month or that you can exclude the interest on your monthly mortgage payment when constructing a family budget." Ultimately, he argued, the "redundant commission" is meant to provide "bipartisan cover for tax hikes." He wrote: "The problem is not debt per se; it's spending. And this administration is responsible for most of it."