Democrats decried the House Rules panelís 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 Committeeís 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 lawmakersí 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.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.