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.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.