“Thomas Paine said ‘the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he who stands [by] it now deserves the praise of men,’” said Hoyer.

He then said, “I believe in this next 30 days we’re going to see who are sunshine patriots and summer soldiers who are interested more in politics than in responsibility — who are focused on the next election, not the next generation.”

The debt ceiling should be raised by Aug. 2, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has warned, or the government will be forced to stop payment on some of its obligations because it can no longer borrow money to provide the necessary cash-flow.