July 26, 2011 / 2:34 PM / 8 years ago

Boehner says his debt plan can pass House and Senate

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is pictured alongside other Republicans as he speaks to the press about U.S. debt reduction talks on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 25, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, said Tuesday his two-stage deficit reduction plan could pass through the House and the Senate.

Boehner is advancing a plan that would start with an initial $1.2 trillion in savings over 10 years, but would only increase the debt limit for a few months. Senate Democrats have proposed a single-step plan to raise the debt ceiling through 2012 that would reduce the deficit by $2.7 trillion over the next decade.

Reporting by Rachelle Younglai; Editing by Jackie Frank

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