On Friday, House Republicans announced an upcoming vote on the debt ceiling, with a stiff addition. At a GOP retreat, Speaker John Boehner and other House leaders agreed, according to CNN, that if there isn’t an agreement in three months, pay in the House and Senate should be cut.
The added condition to the short term extension bill aims to force the Democratic-led Senate to pass a budget–something the upper chamber hasn’t done in four years.
“That is a shameful run that needs to end, this year,” House Speaker John Boehner said in his closing remarks at the retreat, according to excerpts provided by his office. “We are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government’s spending problem.”
Building onto that, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in a statement that if the Senate or House fail to pass a budget in three months, members of Congress “will not be paid by the American people for failing to do their job. No budget, no pay.” …
“April 15th is the deadline for both houses to pass a budget,” he continued. “A budget is a roadmap to not only where you are but where you can go. Unfortunately the House has passed one the last two times, but the Senate has not, and what has that created? A $16 trillion debt. An idea of not knowing where our economy is gonna go.”
Read more at CNN.