House Republicans won’t pass debt limit increase until Senate Democrats pass a budget

House Republicans have agreed to demand that the Senate pass a budget as a condition of any “long-term” debt-limit agreement. “Unless the Senate acts, there will be no consideration of a long-term debt-ceiling increase,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said in a statement Friday after GOP meetings in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Majority Leader Harry Reid has refused to allow the Senate to pass a budget for nearly four years. The Senate last passed a budget in April 2009 — one that contained huge increases in spending passed by the big Democratic majorities in Congress at that time. Reid has made that elevated spending the new baseline by refusing to pass any budget since, with the government operating under a series of continuing resolutions based on the last budget that became law.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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