H. R. 422
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 10, 2017
Mr. McClintock (for himself, Ms. Foxx, Mr. Grothman, Mr. Flores, Mr. Fleischmann, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Gosar, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Rohrabacher, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Harris, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Wenstrup, Mr. Schweikert, Mr. Sanford, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Brooks of Alabama, Mr. Rothfus, Mr. Emmer, Mr. Loudermilk, Mr. Westerman, Mr. Chabot, Mr. DeSantis, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Hensarling, Mr. Rokita, Mr. Chaffetz, Mr. Woodall, Mr. Renacci, Mr. DesJarlais, and Mr. Mooney of West Virginia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To ensure the payment of interest and principal of the debt of the United States.
This Act may be cited as the
Default Prevention Act.
Payment of principal and interest on public debt and social security trust funds
In the event that the debt of the United States Government, as defined in section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, reaches the statutory limit, the Secretary of the Treasury shall, in addition to any other authority provided by law, issue obligations under chapter 31 of title 31, United States Code, to pay with legal tender, and solely for the purpose of paying, the principal and interest on obligations of the United States described in subsection (b) after the date of the enactment of this Act.
For purposes of this subsection, obligations described in this subsection are obligations which are—
held by the public, or
held by the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and Disability Insurance Trust Fund.
Prohibition on compensation for Members of Congress
None of the obligations issued under subsection (a) may be used to pay compensation for Members of Congress.
Obligations exempt from public debt limit
Obligations issued under subsection (a) shall not be taken into account in applying the limitation in section 3101(b) of title 31, United States Code, to the extent that such obligation would otherwise cause the limitation in section 3101(b) of title 31, United States Code, to be exceeded.
Report on certain actions
If, after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury exercises his authority under subsection (a), the Secretary shall thereafter submit a report each week the authority is in use providing an accounting relating to—
the principal on mature obligations and interest that is due or accrued of the United States, and
any obligations issued pursuant to subsection (a).
The report required by paragraph (1) shall be submitted to the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of the Senate.