At a House retreat, Republicans say they will pass a three-month extension without spending cuts, but demand the Senate pass a budget or lose its paychecks.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- House Republican leaders said Friday that they will schedule a vote next week on a plan to extend the nation's debt ceiling for three months, but that it would also require the Democratic-controlled Senate to pass a budget by April 15 for the first time in four years or see senators' pay withheld.
Within an hour of their announcement, some doubters said they believed such a move would violate the Constitution. But a House Republican aide disputed that.
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Under the GOP plan, House members would continue to be paid even if the Senate did not pass a budget because Republicans who control that chamber will certainly pass one, explained a senior House Republican aide. The base pay for both House members and senators is $174,000 a year.
The strategy was announced at the conclusion of the House GOP's private three-day issues and strategy session here.
"We are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government's spending problem. The principle is simple: No budget, no pay," House Speaker John Boehner said in remarks he made to the Republicans at the conclusion of their retreat on Friday, according to excerpts released by his office.