WILLIAMSBURG, Va. â€” House Republican leaders on Friday announced a plan to condition a three-month increase in the debt limit on the Senate committing to pass a budget by the April 15 statutory deadline.
â€œBefore there is any long-term debt limit increase, a budget should be passed that cuts spending,â€ Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the Republican conference in remarks to close the partyâ€™s three-day retreat in Williamsburg. â€œThe Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for four years. That is a shameful run that needs to end, this year.â€
The House will also seek to prevent members of Congress from being paid if the two chambers do not pass a budget resolution.
â€œWe are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the governmentâ€™s spending problem,â€ Boehner said. â€œThe principle is simple: no budget, no pay.â€
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said the House would vote next week on a three-month extension of borrowing authority.
â€œIf the Senate or House fails to pass a budget in that time, members of Congress will not be paid by the American people for failing to do their job. No budget, no pay,â€ Cantor said.
The White House, which has demanded a “clean” debt-ceiling increase free of spending cuts, welcomed the proposal as a step in the right direction.
â€œWe are encouraged that there are signs that Congressional Republicans may back off their insistence on holding our economy hostage to extract drastic cuts in Medicare, education and programs middle class families depend on,â€ press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.
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