House Republicans Unveil Debt Ceiling Deal: ‘No Budget, No Pay’

January 18, 2013 - 2:04 PM
Fiscal Cliff Boehner

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., returns to his office after speaking to reporters on the fiscal cliff negotiations, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) – House Republicans have released their plan to avert a debt ceiling breach, demanding that Senate Democrats pass a budget in exchange for a three-month debt ceiling increase.

“Before there is any long-term debt limit increase, a budget should be passed that cuts spending. The Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for four years. That is a shameful run that needs to end, this year,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement Friday.

“We are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government’s spending problem. The principle is simple: no budget, no pay.”

Boehner and House Republicans will introduce a bill next week raising the debt ceiling for approximately three months. In exchange for a long-term increase, the Senate must pass a budget. If the Senate does not pass a budget during that time period, the House will block members of both houses from receiving a salary.

“The first step to fixing this problem is to pass a budget that reduces spending. The House has done so, and will again. The Democratic Senate has not passed a budget in almost four years, which is unfair to hardworking taxpayers who expect more from their representatives. That ends this year,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement.

“Next week, we will authorize a three month temporary debt limit increase to give the Senate and House time to pass a budget. Furthermore, if 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.”

Typically, the debt ceiling is increased as-needed as part of the normal congressional budget and appropriations process. That process has completely broken down over the past several years as Senate Democrats have refused to pass a budget – the beginning step in the process – and have refused to pass most federal appropriations bills before the end of the federal fiscal year.

As a result, the government has been run on a series of continuing resolutions and half-year spending bills – resulting in a Congress that lurches from one spending and debt deadline to another.

The House Republican debt ceiling offer is an effort to force the Senate Democrats to once again engage in the normal budgeting and appropriations process.