From left, Bachmann, McClintock and Scalise talk before the start of Wednesday’s House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight hearing.
Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, ranking member of the subcommittee, called the bill a “dangerous signal to the markets.”
“I am troubled that we are here today discussing this issue. This hearing implies that it would be appropriate to default on our debt and that a default can be managed. This simply is not true,” Lewis said, according to his prepared remarks.
The administration repeatedly has dismissed the idea of prioritization given the lumpy nature of the budget.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.