I urge you and your fellow Republicans, both in the House and Senate to stand firm. Demand substantial cuts to the Federal Budget and do not raise the Debt Ceiling, that action would imply "we" are "OK" with living beyond a sustainable economy. I would to give you some ammunition to help. Remind fellow members of the House that the Democratically controlled Senate has not passed a Budget in over 790 days. You may also want to suggest that a Bill be introduced for Members Of Congress, that would follow the same guidelines as Proposition 25 in California, simply stated "No Balanced Budget, no paycheck, and no way to recoup "lost wages". Tied to that Bill introduce the Federal Balanced Budget Amendment.