House Republicans announced Wednesday that they would take up a largely symbolic bill this week that would make their long-term spending plan law if the Senate fails to act on a similar measure.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said at a press conference that Republicans would consider the Government Shutdown Prevention Act on Friday. The bill would make H.R. 1 law if the Senate fails to pass a measure “before April 6” to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. H.R. 1, which passed the House but has gone nowhere in the Senate, would fund the government through the end of September and seeks to cut $61 billion in spending.
The Government Shutdown Prevention Act also says Member salaries will be frozen in the event of a government shutdown or if the debt ceiling is reached.
“We’re serious. We want to take care of this problem so we can get on about the business of this nation and get Americans back to work,” Cantor said.
I guess the assumption is that most Americans don't know what it takes to make a bill become law. Not an unreasonable assumption, of course, given their proclivity towards birtherism, fear of Sharia becoming law of the land, and forgetting when our economic problems began, and why.