Fleming: House GOP unified, Senate plan is 'very problematic'
In the clearest portrayal yet of Saturday morning’s House GOP conference meeting, Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said the Senate plan to re-open the federal government and raise the debt ceiling is doomed, and said his party is “more unified now than ever before.”
“The deal that we understand they’re offering would be very problematic,” Fleming said.
The three-term congressman said that everybody in attendance was “100 percent on board. Not even one word against what our current position is.”
Fleming, a member of the tea party caucus, added “there is definitely a chance” that the House will not pass a debt limit increase by October 17. That’s the day that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says his department will run out of “extraordinary measures” to keep the government’s bills paid.
And yet less than a week from that deadline, Fleming said that contingency plans for what would happen should the deadline come and go “didn’t come up.”
“Republicans will continue to move in the same direction and that is to pass piecemeal continuing resolution,” Fleming said, though he later questioned that strategy saying “it’s going to appear as though we’re negotiating with ourselves.”
The House has passed more than a dozen such resolutions that fund specific areas of the federal government; all have died in the Democrat-controlled Senate.