Despite tough talk from self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives in the United States House of Representatives on out-of-control government spending, House Republicans passed a bill that permits the president a three-month hike in the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. The vote on measure passed 285 to 144, with more Democrats voting against it than Republicans. The agreement has provoked anger from conservatives who believe the GOP has failed to maintain fiscal conservatism by caving on the debt ceiling, however temporary, without securing any budget cuts.
Calling it a debt limit “suspension,” the House voted today to pass the "No Budget, No Pay Act," a measure that will allow the federal government to continue to spend until May 19, at which time it will consider the issue once again. It also takes away any threat of a government shutdown which the GOP initially considered as a way to force the Obama administration to agree to spending cuts. At least for the moment.
Congress could overturn Roe v. Wade by using the power delegated to it in Article III, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution to limit the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to (in this instance) hear abortion cases. Yet this congressional power is largely forgotten and ignored.
House Republicans have decided to pass on a stand-off against the White House and Democratic Senate on the looming national debt limit fight, choosing instead to insist upon an unconstitutional measure denying Senators federal pay until the Senate passes a budget.
The Conservative Action Project issued a memo to GOP leaders to stand firm on the debt ceiling issue and demand that the White House agree to spending cuts first. That strategy is likely to have as much success as the last debt ceiling confrontation did in 2011: None.