House Democrats said Tuesday that Republicans would have to pass their latest budget proposal without any Democratic support after a meeting with President Obama at the White House.
"If they go on the path they're on, they'll need 100 percent Republican votes," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, blasting the Republican plan as a "decision to default."
But she said she was "disappointed that the House Republicans decided to sabotage or at least delay" the Senate's efforts.
Republican leaders hope to move on legislation that would reopen the government until Dec. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7. The bill would also include the full Vitter Amendment, which strips subsidies for lawmakers and their staffs to purchase health insurance, as well as a new restriction preventing the Treasury Department from so-called "extraordinary measures" to keep paying bills past the debt ceiling being hit.
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that the restrictions on the Treasury Department would be "very, very damaging" to the nation.
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While Pelosi said she remained "optimistic that there is a path to lift the debt ceiling in time," she cautioned that a Republican pursuit of "extraneous matters" could disrupt that process.
"Time is of the essence," Pelosi said.
Van Hollen sad Republican leadership had allowed Tea Party members of the Republican caucus "to run the show."
"Reason will prevail once they recognize the House Republican proposal is not going to go anywhere at the end of the day," Van Hollen said.
Pelosi said that there were only two options with the GOP bill: it would pass the House and be amended by the Senate, or that it would fail, and the Senate would send back a bipartisan bill. Either way, Pelosi said, the result would be the same.
She said the proposal from BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run News Flash: Trump was never going to lock Clinton up MORE was a last opportunity for the Tea Party members to "sow their oats."
"Once they've had that opportunity, then sanity will prevail," Pelosi said.
But, she cautioned, "the time is ticking."