In their letter, the Senate Democrats suggested Obama might have to take what would be an explosive action because of the inability of Boehner and McConnell to control their conferences. “It is hard to imagine that the speaker and Leader McConnell would really follow through on their threat to let our nation default on its debts. They are responsible leaders who know better,” the Democratic senators wrote. “Sadly, some of their Republican colleagues do not.”
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.