Boehner tells GOP lawmakers House would need to vote on debt ceiling by Wednesday to meet deadline
July 22nd, 2011
04:52 PM ET
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Boehner tells GOP lawmakers House would need to vote on debt ceiling by Wednesday to meet deadline

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Washington (CNN)-A Republican source familiar with the negotiations tells CNN that Speaker Boehner told Republican lawmakers Friday that to get the debt ceiling raised by August 2nd, the House must vote on legislation by next Wednesday-and that means it must be posted online this coming Monday.

A House GOP leadership aide tells CNN that Boehner is telling members he believes a House vote has to happen by Wednesday in order for the Senate to have enough time to vote on it before August 2nd. This is because House GOP leaders assume that conservatives in the Senate will force the Senate to overcome a number of procedural options that could take days to do.


A Senate GOP leadership aide says that Wednesday should not be considered as set in stone. It’s not clear whether conservatives would filibuster. There are ways around some of the procedural hurdles that could mean it would take fewer days to accomplish all of this, the aide said. Much will depend on WHAT the deal is, and what the reaction to it is -from both sides, the aide said.


Filed under: Budget • Debt • Deficit • John Boehner
soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Brent

    Well, Boehner just walked out of debt talks so looks like Congress surrenders again. Way to go guys!

    July 22, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. L R

    Obama spent us to ruin. Oh wait, he wants to spend more. Sure, here's my bank account number.

    July 22, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. borysd

    Republican are the "Hate America" Party!

    July 22, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Thinker

    The terrorists really have won. I hope the people who voted for them enjoy being held hostage.

    July 22, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Tom

    This is the old car game of chicken. Two cars drive at top speed at each other. Both drivers know disaster will happen if they hit but both believes the other driver will turn. Some times the end was a scrap pile.

    July 22, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. caresaboutthenextgeneration

    Our current Congressmen/women are not doing their jobs. They should ALL be thrown out of office. This is absurd!!

    July 22, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. Katie

    Obama and the other idiots there just don't get it. I have to live within my budget. They have to stop raising the debt ceiling and stop spending. No more extravagant trips for Michelle and her extended family and friends, no more bebefits to illegal aliens, no more money to countries who hate the US. People whio paid into Social Security don't deserve to have their checks reduced just so Reps and Senators can go to their own private gym and visit doctors in-house. Balance the freakin' budget.

    July 22, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. steve

    Boehner is such a piece of garbage. He is all political and no substance. He should be run out of congress along with his fake tears!

    July 22, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. Johnny Five

    You people seem to think this is serious. It is not. You are all wasting your emotions and hate.

    July 22, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Jonathan

    Folks, I hate to say this, but you voted these guys in. And there is a vocal minority that says "go ahead and default". Of course, these are probably the same folks that believe world wrestling federation is a sports league. The real solution is for the average american to become smart. much smarter then we are. If my kids behaved the way our congress behaves, I would give them a good dressing down!

    July 22, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. us1776

    Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the Corporate Fascists States of America.

    Next up. Repression.

    .

    July 22, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. Innocent Bystander

    Wall Street has figured out that here is more money to be made destroying a country then building it. Heck ,they can buy the shambles back for pennies on the dollar and probably even get what is left of the Treasury to pay them for it! I truly feel sorry for you Americans who will see your life savings decimated at the hands of the ultimate in corporate greed.

    July 22, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Saboth

    Too bad everyone voted Repubs into office last election or else we could get something done with our government. They offer NO solutions but block any ideas/compromises/plans the dems come up with. They waste time with BS like "Cut Cap and Balance" while they should be working on real solutions. This is beyond ignorant. I think even the people that voted these idiots into office are realizing the mistake they made.

    July 22, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Stephen

    The debt ceiling under Reagan was $2.3 trillion in total. The debt ceiling was RAISED by $3 trillion dollars during the Obama administration to a grand total of $14.2 trillion. Obama has raised the debt ceiling by a sum equal to the entire debt under Reagan.

    Why aren't these numbers being reported by ANYONE in the press?

    July 22, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. curzen

    GOP = unamerican.

    July 22, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Descarado

    Here comes the Obama default. Here comes the Obama hyperinflation. Here comes the worthless bales of Obamabucks.

    July 22, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. Scott

    It is just a scare tactic and nothing more! They did this in 2008 with the bailouts to get people to feel like it is act now or be crushed personally and professionally. They are doing it again and sadly, the vast majority of the people in this country will bit is hook, line, and sinker again. Hey, remember, Sen. Barney Frank said we would get most, if not ALL of our bailout money back. Guess what, Chrysler just stuck a big fork in that!

    July 22, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. sakibaba

    I guess this is the end of the so called tea party. Too bad it will cause a lot of pain to a lot of people before they go down. I am still amazed at the independants and seniors who voted these guys into power last year. I would like to hear from all those dum dums who wanted the government to keep their hands off their medicare. So long idiots there it goes out the window with the GOP who you helped put in power just because you hated the black guy who actually wants to give you dencent healthcare.

    July 22, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    If Boehner and his constituents were to have his OWN paychecks at risk after Aug 2, maybe would be more willing to work for the American people. what a poor excuse for a congress member.

    July 22, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. ronin48

    The Republicans should just deliver one simple message to the president and the Democrats: "Put up or shut up." The Republicans have proposed the Ryan budget and Cut, Cap and Balance. The Democrats have offered nothing. It's fine if the Dems don't like anything the Republicans have to offer, but if they want to criticize the Republican proposals, it is incumbent on them to offer alternatives of their own, rather than simply being the real Party of No. In other words, put up or shut up.

    July 22, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. Judy Caldwell

    Are these congressmen and women going to get paid while our seniors and disabled do without and how many more of our population will not get paid? Vote out the incumbents!

    July 22, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. vicki willis

    The repubs are guilty of Treason and should be arrested and tried by a jury of their peers! Can Grover Norquist be the foreman? The repubs are selling us down the river.. Sold us down the river. Sad day for Americans!

    July 22, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Nibiru is Coming

    This is all just a big distraction tactic to keep us from seeing the real threat: Aliens from an orbiting Brown Dwarf star! This is why GOLD has gone up so quickly in value! Governments have been hoarding for millenia to pay off the MASTER SLAVE RACE – THE ANNUNAKI! The Mayans knew of this. 2012 is nearly here. YOU ARE ALL DOOMED AND THE GOVERNMENT IS MILKING YOU TO SAVE THEIR OWN SKINS! This is the true New World Order.

    July 22, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. jakender

    Here's the deal that I don't even hear Democrats talk enough about. First, the Republicans give huge tax breaks to the rich and oil companies, then they "borrowed" the people's money from the Social Security fund to pay for their wars and to run up huge deficits. Now that it's time to pay that money back to the working class, not only do they not want to pay it back but they also want to change the laws to take away our benefits that we all have paid into and that they basically stole for their pet projects? This is highway robbery if I have ever heard of one. We all should be enraged and take to the streets, but I guess most Americans are way to busy, ignorant, or drugged up, or drunk to care?

    July 22, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. disgrace to america

    obama's plan was to keep extending unemployment spend money like crazy hope the failing economy fixed itself and go on vacation while he waited ...

    July 22, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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