Washington (CNN) - With a showdown over raising the debt limit looming, House Republican leaders said Tuesday they will hold a series of "listening sessions" for rank-and-file GOP members when Congress returns from its break next week. The sessions are designed to get feedback on how to frame the controversial upcoming vote to raise the nation's debt limit, according to several GOP sources on a conference call for House Republicans.
The meetings will be coordinated by House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, with Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Michigan, laying out the issues related to the debt ceiling, and trying to get consensus from GOP lawmakers about what conditions they want to place on any vote to raise the borrowing limit. McCarthy and Ryan held similar sessions in the weeks leading up to the vote on the House GOP budget plan.
The GOP sources on Tuesday's conference call told CNN that Speaker John Boehner restated his insistence that there would be no vote to authorize additional borrowing authority for the Treasury Department without conditions attached to it.
"The speaker made it very clear, and he's been very consistent about this, that there will be no debt ceiling increase by the Republican conference without significant spending cuts and structural reforms in spending in Washington," said one Republican lawmaker who declined to talk publicly about the members-only call.
Congressional Republicans have been saying for weeks - both publicly and in private meetings with President Barack Obama - they will not vote to raise the debt ceiling without conditions controlling federal spending. However, Republicans have not yet come to agreement among themselves about what those conditions should be. Some say there should be spending cuts, others call for spending caps, and many say there must be a balanced budget amendment to go along with any vote to raise the debt limit.
GOP aides said when Boehner was asked when the vote would take place, he said it was his intention to have the vote "sooner rather than later." One aide said the timing depended on what proposals emerged from the administration.
House GOP leaders hope to use the upcoming sessions on the subject to sort through the ideas and find agreement. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia was tapped by Boehner to serve on the bipartisan working group that Vice President Joe Biden is leading on ways to reduce the deficit. The group's first meeting is scheduled for May 5.
Meanwhile, pressure is on House Republicans not to vote to raise the debt ceiling under any condition. The Tea Party Patriots announced Tuesday that it is organizing an effort to mobilize its supporters to visit Washington next week to urge Republicans to oppose any vote to raise the debt limit.
CNN is told that one Republican on the call argued to GOP colleagues that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was trying to pressure Congress to raise the debt ceiling but maintained that there were several instances in the past when Treasury waited for months before raising it.
Another GOP member raised concerns about the so-called "gang of six" plan that a group of bipartisan senators is crafting to address the deficit could include proposals to close tax loopholes as a way to raise revenue.
According to one GOP member, Boehner "made clear no proposals including a tax increase" would be considered by House Republicans.
Democrats and left-leaning outside groups have pushed hard to ratchet up pressure on GOP members over the congressional recess for supporting Ryan's budget plan, which includes a proposal to dramatically change Medicare, but Republicans on the conference call reported that feedback in their districts has been mostly positive. GOP sources on the call stressed there were no complaints or concerns raised about the political backlash over the Medicare plan.