House to Vote on 3-Month Debt Ceiling Bump
But they'll demand that Senate pass budget in exchange
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 18, 2013 1:07 PM CST
In this Jan. 1, 2013, file photo, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks past reporters after a closed-door meeting meeting of House Republicans.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – House Republicans have decided to vote on a bill to raise the debt ceiling for three months—provided the Senate agrees to pass a budget by the April 15 statutory deadline, John Boehner announced in his closing remarks for his caucus's three-day Williamsburg retreat. "Before there is any long-term debt limit increase, a budget should be passed that cuts spending," he said. "The Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for four years. That is a shameful run that needs to end."

The House will also put forward a proposal preventing Congress from being paid if the House and Senate can't pass a budget resolution. "The principle is simple: no budget, no pay," Boehner said. While Democrats have already poo-pooed a short-term increase, Republicans are hoping to create a package they can't reasonably refuse, the Hill reports. "We welcome the fact that Republicans are slowly backtracking off their threats," a Democratic leadership aide says. "It shows they are realizing how little leverage they have."

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Jan 20, 2013 3:46 AM CST
Give 'em hell, Mr. President. You have nothing to lose by hardening your attitude towards Republicans in Congress.
Jan 19, 2013 10:54 AM CST
How about you just do your job and stop pussy footing around.
Jan 19, 2013 10:51 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Sounds like ex-President Ronald Reagan (old Ron) told Tip O'Neil, his car is running out of gasoline soon ! Old Ron rode his horse to pick up Tip O'Neil to Capital Hill.