So we've got to pay our bills. And Republicans in Congress have two choices here: They can act responsibly, and pay America’s bills; or they can act irresponsibly, and put America through another economic crisis. But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The financial well-being of the American people is not leverage to be used. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip.And here's Speaker Boehner's response.
And they better choose quickly, because time is running short.
The House will do its job and pass responsible legislation that controls spending, meets our nation's obligations and keeps the government running...The problem the Speaker has is that last time the House passed a budget (Paul Ryan's), it ADDED $6 trillion to the debt over 10 years. And remember Boehner's "Plan B?" How'd that one work out for you Mr. Speaker?
The fact of the matter is that Boehner has two really big problems in trying to pull off what he's suggesting:
- Any legislation he could put together would have to lay bare what it is the Republicans have been trying to avoid for months now...they want to end the safety net - primarily Medicare and Medicaid. So the specifics would wind up being a political nightmare for Republicans - "kill programs the public supports or we'll blow up the economy."
- I doubt that anything the Speaker might be able to cobble together would please the tea party lunatics in his caucus. They want blood - and the more the better. That's why his last attempt at Plan B failed so spectacularly.
I don't think we have to worry about how the Senate will react since this legislative pipe dream of Boehner's will never see the light of day.