U.S. Republicans will not pass 'clean' debt-limit increase: Boehner

WASHINGTON Sun Oct 6, 2013 10:54am 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) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday that there is "no way" Republican lawmakers will agree to a measure to raise the nation's debt ceiling unless it includes conditions to rein in deficit spending.

Pressed on the ABC news program "This Week" on whether the Republican-led House would pass a "clean" debt ceiling increase that included no conditions, Boehner replied: "I told the president, there's no way we're going to pass one."

"We're not going down that path," he added. "It is time to deal with America's problems. How can you raise the debt limit and do nothing about the underlying problem?"

As the country moved into the sixth day of a government shutdown, Boehner was equally adamant that Republicans would demand concessions for any bill to reopen the government.

Republicans want changes to President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare as a condition for backing a measure to fund government agencies.

Obama and the Democratic-led Senate have rejected that demand.

Obama has also said it is the responsibility of Congress to raise the debt limit by an October 17 deadline when the government will begin running short of the funds needed to pay its bills.

He has said he will not negotiate with Republicans over that issue.

On the impasse over the government shutdown, Boehner said there had "absolutely not" been any changes in the Republican position on the bill to fund the government.

(Additional reporting by Paul Simao; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (78)
twodm wrote:
Boehner and Republicans Deliberately Cause Worldwide Depression.

THEY ARE FOOLS AND CRIMINALS

Oct 06, 2013 11:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
tatman wrote:
republican traitors trying to cripple and destroy the government and people they have sworn an oath to serve and protect. SHAMEFUL, GREEDY, SELFISH FILTH. their hatred for the president and the average working class american is beyond vile — they are traitors to our republic and need to be removed from office.

Oct 06, 2013 11:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
maxima777 wrote:
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Republicans put us back to the good old days where insurance companies could refuse to cover children with pre-existing conditions? Now those are real familiy values.

Oct 06, 2013 11:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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