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.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.