Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) said Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) needed to "do his homework" rather than accept President Obama's claims on the consequences of not raising the debt ceiling by Aug. 2.
The Speaker's getting bad advice. I guess the problem with the Speaker, and saying that [the debt ceiling has to be raised by Aug. 2nd] is, he believed the president and I will encourage the Speaker not to believe the president anymore, when the president says things like that. Because the fact is if he’ll do his homework, he’ll find there is such a thing called the Social Security Trust fund, and the Social Security Trust fund will be able to pay seniors their checks for many months to come even if Congress does nothing. So I would encourage our Speaker: Quit believing the president when he uses these scare tactics. There’s money there regardless of what we do and the seniors will be taken care of. That’s why it’s dishonest.
Earlier on Wednesday, Gohmert accused President Obama of using "scare tactic strategy" by saying he "cannot guarantee" that Social Security checks would go out if no debt-ceiling agreement is reached by Aug. 2.
Many Republican members of Congress have suggested that the Treasury Department's Aug. 2 deadline is arbitrary and the government can rearrange its finances to pay bills beyond then.