As Bob mentions in his interview with Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), House Republicans are planning new legislation attempting to force the Senate to come up with a long-term spending bill of its own. GOP leaders offered more details at a press conference this morning.
They are currently preparing a resolution — dubbed “The Government Shutdown Prevention Act” — that would formally scold the Senate for failing to act (some 39 days after the House passed a long-term budget resolution, H.R. 1, to cut federal spending by $61 billion) and urge them to pass a spending bill. It would also publicly reiterate the urgency of the situation — the current resolution funding the government expires on April 8.
The resolution will stipulate that if the Senate fails to pass a bill before April 6 that funds the government through the remainder of the fiscal year (September 30), H.R. 1 would become “the law of the land,” and members of Congress would stop receiving their paychecks.
“We’ve not had any indication that the Senate is interested in changing the status quo,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) said. “Again and again, the Republican House has said: ‘Look, come work with us, cut spending.’”
“Perhaps this [resolution] will prod the Senate into joining us and taking care of business here, which is to get our fiscal house in order,” he added.
UPDATE: Video of House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) from Wednesday morning’s press conference. If Senate Democrats really have a plan, he says, they should “pass the damn thing” and stop “rooting for a government shutdown.”