WASHINGTON Dec 13 Speaker of the U.S. House of
Representatives John Boehner said on Thursday there was "zero
chance" that Congress would give up its control over raising the
federal debt limit.
In a news conference in which he expressed frustration that
President Barack Obama has not met his demands for deeper
spending cuts, Boehner dismissed any notions that Republicans
would agree to Obama's request for permanent authority to
"Congress is never going to give up our ability to control
the purse," Boehner said. "And the fact is, is that the debt
limit ought to be used to bring fiscal sanity to Washington."