House Dems implore Boehner to 'wake up'

"I call upon the Speaker to continue negotiations with the president of the United States and the Senate of the United States to resolve this self-caused crisis within three and a half days, and avert a fate that will cost middle-class families and taxpayers trillions of dollars," said Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.).

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Polis added that Boehner needs to choose between negotiating within the Republican Party to find votes for his plan and finding a compromise with "those who matter" and can help pass a bill — namely, the White House and the Senate.

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) argued that Boehner is "dreaming," when it comes to his own plan, while the country stands on the brink of possible government default and a resulting financial disaster.

"Mr. Speaker, it seems like you're dreaming while the rest of us are living one of the worst nightmares we can possibly imagine," she said. "Mr. Speaker, wake up. Please wake up."

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said Congress is proving that bundling several complicated issues like the debt ceiling and taxes is too big a pill to swallow, and said Republicans should put forward some of these questions in the next election.

"The attempt to resolve all these issues at once, as the moment of reckoning arrives, was never a good idea," he said. "Take the debate to the American people in the next election. Ask the American people if they want cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, increases in taxes, what kind of cuts in spending, what kind of jobs programs."

And Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) said she would support a unilateral decision by President Obama to simply lift the debt ceiling, and referenced the 14th Amendment. Some have argued that amendment could be used to justify an administration move to lift the debt ceiling without congressional approval.

"I would ask the president of the United States to exercise whatever authority is necessary to pay our seniors their Social Security benefits and to meet the obligations of the United States," she said.

Only two Republicans spoke Friday morning. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) lobbied for passage of his bill that would make it easier for Americans to help pay down the debt by creating a check-off box on tax returns.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) also spoke to warn people against a debt-ceiling proposal from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

"I wish to remind my colleagues of perils of Reid's proposal, specifically as it relates to national defense," McKeon said. "The Reid plan would cut defense, including funds to maintain the reliability of our nuclear weapons."

The House adjourned after these brief remarks, as Republicans meet to continue to press members of their conference to support Boehner's debt-ceiling plan. That 10 a.m. meeting will likely determine whether the House can vote on and pass the Boehner plan.