Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner told fellow House Republicans Thursday that he will know in the next few days whether an agreement on the debt limit is possible, saying he thinks the odds are "maybe 50/50," according to a Republican aide.
Boehner spoke to House Republicans behind closed doors before heading to the White House to meet with the president and other congressional leaders.
According to two Republican sources, reaching an agreement depends on whether the White House insists on tax hikes. One source added that top House Republican leaders are scheduled to meet at 4:45 p.m. ET in Boehner's office to discuss the White House meeting.