By The Hill Staff - 01/23/13 12:48 AM EST
Conservatives in the House are getting behind “No Budget, No Pay” legislation that calls for a short-term hike in the nation’s debt ceiling.
The bill is expected to attract bipartisan support in the House on Wednesday, which would be a triumph for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) after his fumbling of the fiscal-cliff debate.
But it remains to be seen how united the House GOP conference will be on the legislation, which would withhold members’ pay if a budget resolution fails to pass their respective chambers by April 15.
Reps. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.) and Scott Rigell (R-Va.) support the bill, according to their spokesmen. All five have bucked leadership on high-profile votes in the last Congress. Rep. David Schweikert (Ariz.), another GOP defector on fiscal bills, is undecided, but appeared to be leaning yes on Tuesday.
Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who are not shy in defying their leaders, are leaning no.
Aides for more than a handful of other GOP members said they were undecided.
Meanwhile, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) is leaning no, while Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) told The Hill he will likely back the measure.
The bill, which would increase the debt ceiling until May, is expected to pass the Senate.
--Russell Berman, Molly K. Hooper, Erik Wasson, Bob Cusack, Taylor Seale and Zachary DeRitis contributed.