Cuts, reforms needed to pass U.S. debt ceiling: Boehner spokesman

WASHINGTON Thu Oct 3, 2013 1:32pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A spokesman for House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said the top Republican has always said the country will not default on its debt, but that there are not enough votes in the chamber to pass a debt limit hike without added provisions.

"House Speaker John Boehner has always said that the United States will not default on its debt. He also always says that there aren't votes in the House to pass a ‘clean' debt limit bill. That's why we need a bill with cuts and reforms," the aide said.

The spokesman was responding to a request by Reuters for confirmation of a New York Times story reporting that Boehner had informed Republican lawmakers that he was intent on preventing a default and was willing to pass a debt limit increase with support from Democrats and Republicans.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Speaker2 wrote:
Who is John Boehner trying to kid? Of course there are enough democrat and moderate republican votes in the House to pay both a Clean CR and a Clean Debt Limit increase.

What John Boehner knows is he will lose his speakership if he puts these on the floor for a vote and they pass.

Considering John Boehner is the most ineffective House Speaker since the founding of the Republic, it really wouldn’t be a great lost if he did get fired. The only downside is the Republicans might elect one of those loony tune Tea Baggers and then we would have a real circus.

If the Republican Party was smart, they should purge the party of Tea Baggers and let them form a 3rd party. Otherwise the Republican party will become irreverent due to changing demographics and their inability to adapt to fewer old angry white men and more minorities.

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