01/07/2013 04:41 pm ET Updated Jan 08, 2013

Rep. Keith Ellison To Democrats: Don't Let GOP 'Stick A Gun To Our Head And Hold Us Hostage' (VIDEO)

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) argues that progressive values should shape fiscal negotiations, and spoke to HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill on Monday about tools to prevent deep spending cuts in social programs. Referring to Republican threats over debt ceiling negotiations, Ellison demanded that Democrats "shouldn't let them use the debt ceiling to stick a gun to our head and hold us hostage for their severe cuts."

For Ellison, the solution is simple: "The 14th Amendment allows the president to simply say that we're going to secure the full faith and credit of the United States," instead of waiting for Congress to reach a compromise deal, he said.

Rep. Ellison also discussed ways to reduce the costs of social programs, and celebrated the diversity of the 113th Congress.

Watch the full segment at HuffPost Live.