Democrats decried the House Rules panel’s rejection on Monday of a bid to allow consideration of a Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., substitute amendment that would replace the fiscal 2013 sequester with increased taxes for individuals with incomes of more than $1 million annually, eliminate agricultural direct payments and cut tax benefits for large oil companies. Van Hollen is the Budget Committee’s ranking Democrat.
House passage of the measure follows up on another budget-themed measure that House Republicans brought to the floor in recent weeks. The most recent debt limit bill (HR 325) includes provisions that would tie lawmakers’ salaries to adoption of a budget resolution. The House passed the measure Jan. 23, and the Senate cleared it Jan. 31.
Paul M. Krawzak and Annie Shuppy contributed to this report.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.