Boehner insists that Obama will negotiate over U.S. debt limit

WASHINGTON Tue Oct 8, 2013 4:53pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday that it was "unsustainable" for President Barack Obama to keep rebuffing Republican demands to negotiate deficit reduction in exchange for raising the debt limit and restoring government funding.

"The long and short of it is, there's going to be a negotiation here. We can't raise the debt ceiling without doing something about what's driving us to borrow more money and to live beyond our means," Boehner told reporters.

He was responding to Obama's earlier statements reiterating his demands for "clean" debt limit and government funding measures.

(Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Whipsplash wrote:
Boehner, raise the debt limit!

Oct 08, 2013 5:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Speaker2 wrote:
Boehner leaps off cliff without parachute and the landing is going to be hard, especially with all those Tea party nuts weighting him down.

Oct 08, 2013 5:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LoveJoyOne wrote:
Average Americans will be the losers here.

The ruling political and financial class have all got their asses covered. They’ll just get richer by playing it both ways.

Bo(eh)ner knows this all too well. He doesn’t give a damn about Americans.

Oct 09, 2013 5:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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