Congress Votes to Suspend the Debt Ceiling


The House passed a GOP bill suspending the debt ceiling until May 19 on Wednesday by a margin of 285 - 144. The bill now heads to the Senate. It includes a provision, touted by Republican leadership as "No budget, no pay," that would withhold senators’ pay if they don’t pass a budget by the April 15 statutory deadline.

Of course they were going to do this. There was never any doubt.

  • D_C_Wilson

    The only questions is, which member of Congress will be tapped to sue to get the “no budget, no pay” provision ruled unconstitutional?

  • gescove

    Isn’t this “no pay” provision unconstitutional? The 27th Amendment was aimed at increasing salaries, not decreasing them. Still, it says “No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.” So will they retroactively lose 2 years’ pay if there’s no budget after the 2014 election? It would be nice for them to stop the nonsense of conjuring various Swords of Damacles (fiscal cliff, sequestration, debt limit, no pay) to hang over their collective heads. Just do your effing job and govern.