Washington (CNN) – House Republican leaders have scheduled a vote next week to raise the debt limit without any spending cuts attached in order to demonstrate that a so-called "clean extension" preferred by President Barack Obama and some congressional Democrats cannot pass in the GOP-majority chamber.
According to several aides, GOP leaders announced the move Tuesday at their regular weekly meeting with rank and file Republicans.
The Republican proposal, sponsored by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, would raise the Treasury's borrowing authority by $2.4 trillion, which is the same amount in Obama's proposed budget, and would give the Treasury Department the authority to continue paying its bills through December 2012.
The vote is not expected to get any Republican support, dooming its chances of winning House approval.
Bipartisan negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden are continuing this week on proposals to cut federal spending and potentially reform entitlement programs.
Republican leaders intend for the planned House vote to demonstrate that Democrats seeking a "clean extension" are not serious about reducing the deficit, an issue voters continue to rank as among the most important priorities this year.
Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, has been pushing for a clean vote in the House to raise the debt limit, saying he has more than 100 Democrats signed on to support such a bill. Democrats who want a "clean" bill say they prefer to separate the debt-ceiling vote from spending cuts because a protracted political debate on the issue would put at risk the "full faith and credit" of the United States.
However, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has insisted that any increase in the debt limit must be linked to spending cuts greater than the amount that the borrowing authority is raised.
"The Obama administration's request for a debt limit increase without spending cuts is dangerous for jobs and our economy, and the American people reject it," said Boehner's spokesman, Michael Steel, adding, "This vote will show that the administration's proposal cannot pass in the House, and that major spending cuts and reforms must be part of the solution."
Before word of the GOP proposal made its way around Capitol Hill, the number two House Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, told reporters that he and a "significant number" of Democrats supported a clean extension. Later, however, Hoyer put out a statement qualifying his earlier comments by saying he would not vote for a debt limit extension if it's only to make a political point.
"We need to pursue a responsible course to pay our bills and set forward a plan to reduce our deficits. I hope Republicans will work with us toward those goals, rather than making this a partisan issue used for political gain," Hoyer's statement said.
Hoyer also warned Tuesday that holding a vote to prove a straight extension can't pass would have ramifications beyond sending a message to Democrats.
"It'll be a message to the world; it will be a message to the financial community, a message to investors and borrowers," Hoyer said.
Brad Dayspring, spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, agreed that the vote will prove a political point.
"Next week the House will vote to show once and for all that the Democrats' demands are way out of touch with the views of most Americans and the markets who want Washington to stop spending money we don't have, confront our debt head on, and finally begin to live within our means," Dayspring said.
Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, dismissed the move by Republicans as a "dangerous political stunt." Levin acknowledged that Congress should take steps to cut spending, but said a failed vote on the issue would result in a backlash from the financial markets.
"We should set a framework for immediate and long-term deficit reduction, but not by ending Medicare and doubling seniors' health care costs, as Republicans have advocated," Levin said. "And not by threatening a default that numerous economists and CEOs have warned would have calamitous consequences and jeopardize our economic recovery."
Updated 3:05 p.m.