Boehner won't rely on Democrats to pass U.S. debt limit hike: lawmaker

WASHINGTON Fri Oct 4, 2013 11:42am EDT

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) addresses reporters during a news conference with fellow House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) addresses reporters during a news conference with fellow House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 4, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner told Republicans in the House of Representatives on Friday that he will not rely on Democratic votes to pass a "clean" debt ceiling increase without spending cuts, lawmakers said.

Boehner, in a meeting with House Republicans, denied media reports that he intended to bring such a "clean" debt ceiling bill to the House floor, said Representative Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia.

"He told us that was inaccurate and that he was going to stay strong and work with us to find a solution and that was the key to success," Capito told Reuters after the meeting.

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro and David Lawder; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Speaker2 wrote:
You know eventually Boehner will have to do a deal with democrats. To pass a “clean debt ceiling limit”, what part of clean doesn’t he understand? The Tea Party will demand unreasonable cuts and the Senate and Whitehouse will not accept, and Boehner will have no choice but to pass a real “Clean Bill” or push the US government over the cliff and he doesn’t have the balls to do that.

Boehner the most inept Speaker in history, that’s his legacy .

Oct 04, 2013 12:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
USARealist wrote:
I don’t know Speaker2. The sequester actually worked out for Boehner. Despite the fact that it was a minimal haircut on government growth, but it did help, despite the Armageddon claims from the liberals.

If that’s the only way to get cuts (even though they’re not really cuts its just slower spending increase), (and it really is – since nobody wants to tackle the real problem – medicare) I’ll take it.

Oct 04, 2013 1:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Speaker2 wrote:
USARealist Medicare is something that can be fixed. You increase the employee tax rate and raise the income cap to increase revenues. You allow Medicare to negotiate drug cost like the VA does.

About 25% of all Medicare cost occur in the last year of life, mainly due to extreme efforts to keep dying patients alive in their final six weeks of life. When people are terminally ill, let them die at home or in an hospice and not in an ICU.

If people while they were younger had access to healthcare that focused on preventative medicine, people would do better when they were older.

Oct 04, 2013 2:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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