This "no budget, no pay" idea had previously been regarded by many as a gimmick but has been given new life by Boehner as a "reform" to pair with an increase in the so-called debt limit. Boehner previously had insisted that any increase in borrowing authority to avoid lapses in payments to contractors, unemployment benefits or Social Security checks â¿¿ and possibly even interest payments on U.S. Treasury obligations â¿¿ be matched dollar for dollar with spending cuts. Many Republican speakers preferred to focus on the pay provision."This is not a gimmick," said Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. "For the past almost going on now four years, our colleagues in the Senate have failed in their most basic responsibility of governance, which is to pass a budget."
House GOP Seeks To Defuse Debt Crisis
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