Republicans Seek Three-Month Debt Limit Extension

Contingent on balancing the budget


House Republican leaders on Friday said they would seek to pass a three-month extension of federal borrowing authority next week to buy time—on pain of losing their own paychecks—for the Democratic-controlled Senate to pass a budget plan that shrinks budget deficits.

The plan, hatched at a House Republican retreat, marks a new strategy from the party to break a budget deadlock by forcing the Senate to act first.

The Treasury needs congressional authorization to raise the current $16.4 trillion limit on U.S. debt sometime between mid-February and early March.

The Senate has not passed a formal budget resolution in nearly four years, while the House has passed budgets that have died in the Senate.