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. Teabagbilly

    We don't need a debt limit. We should just pay cash on the barrel head. Boehner is a coward and should be booted from the speaker position. If we want to create jobs, we absolutely have to provide twice as much in tax cuts to Corporate America. We can do a lot of this by simply abolishing social security, medicare, medicaid, unemployment, welfare, the dept of Ed and all these other loser programs that cause people to be lazy and drain our economy. These liberals are killing this nation.

    July 22, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. A Concerned Patriot

    Both of our political parties are to blame for the mess we are in. We need an ammendment limiting congressional terms, not letting them raise their own payrolls, enacting laws against the people that they themselves are precluded from, or letting politics be a career choice. It should be a service performed just as jury duty is.

    We all need to call our state legislatures and raise a 'Constitutional Convention'. We need some new laws that congress or the presidency are not passing, including, but not limited to, A BALANCED BUDGET AMMENEDMENT!

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

    I predict unemployment to hit in excess of 25% (1 out of 4 adults will lose his/her job) when USA defaults.

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

    After watching "Capitalism: A Love Story" just last evening, I can see just what the Repoublicans/Tea Party demons are doing, and why. Don't get sick, buy on credit, including a home, don't try to save, because they will eat that up, too. We The People are in for it now, and we shall probably never recover. They don't give a damn about us. None of them do! This is a democracy? Yeah, right.

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

    so the House passes another bill. the Dems in the senate will just squash it.

    July 22, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Republicans Suck!!!

    The Republicans will learn a harsh lesson in the 2012 election. They allowed themselves to be blackmailed by the Teaparty for votes. They have allowed themselves to be divided from their own party and the US at large and will now be concored. They voted on a foolish proposition to try and hide their stupidity in a cloak of feigned hope. How pathetic. POOF! My vote and everyone I can convience is going to the Democrates in 2012!

    July 22, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Jeff

    These brain dead people have got to go! The tea party and Republicans are one and the same, they all want to cut spending at the federal and state levels and guess who gets caught holding the bag, Still the same people, school taxes and local property taxes will soar. There is no free lunch, we have run up the bills, much of it while under republican so called leadership, now they want to stick the middle class with the bill. The next election is going to be a real shock to these brain dead people. Where are the Jobs? That is what they ran on, you hear nothing about it, not one single bill has been introduced, not one. Yet, There are still people that vote for these idiots, they truely are brain dead. They would vote for anyone with an R beside their name, including the devil himself, to bad they just can't be the ones to suffer, that would be justice.

    July 22, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Snoo

    Today – Call your State's Representatives in the House. Someone is at their offices to answer the phones. DEMAND that they compromise and work with the president to get this budget decision made. If you didn't vote Republican, cross your fingers behind your back and tell them, "I voted for you. I will NOT vote for you in the next election unless you accept this latest proposal."

    July 22, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. dv

    Grover Norquist and those stupid conservatives should be made accountable for the default and all these politicians should be stripped of their privilages and benefits including their lifelong medical coverage

    July 22, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  10. Bob

    As a Republican, I want to tell you that your are witnessing the death of the Republican party.

    These elected officials are too busy being fundamentalist, short sited, and just plain morons to realize that they are putting our country at risk. That they are hurting our nation. The party has no true leader, no ideas, and no regard for the American public. As a small business owner who has voted republican every year since I turned 18, I do not think I can anymore.

    If they do not believe in America, then how can we? How can we be so short sited to let other nations make a mockery out of us because of our inability to compromise?

    "A house divided, cannot stand"

    Both sides need to stop the nonsense and get it together.

    July 22, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. Embarrased Conservative

    What is the problem here? Reagan raised the ceiling 18 times and Bush Jr. 7. All of a sudden now the Repubs have a problem with this. I am further embarrased.

    July 22, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Republicans - The Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    So let me get this straight. Boehner and his Tea Party zealots dismiss the urgency of August 2nd for the US economy but they want the world to cater to them for their self important duties.

    If they get the flippin` deal on August 1, the had better damn well pass it in 1 day even if they have to work 24 hours a day.

    July 22, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Dan

    Officially going to vote democratic from now on as long as Boehner or bone head is around. I always voted republican but can't see doing it anymore with these losers.

    July 22, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. terry from iowa

    if we had term limits on all these congressman/woman, they would have fixed the economy long ago. Imagine these people living by the laws they ceate?

    July 22, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Jeff Spangler

    What odds are the London bookies giving those who are betting on a default?

    July 22, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. a. mccord

    Maybe if Boehner's paychecks were all at risk after Aug 2- he'd be more apt to work this out. We sure know where his and the Republicans' interests are: big money.

    July 22, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I say ALL POLITICIANS NEED TO GO TAKE BACK USA Start with white house put US Back in usa quit sending 28 million to somalia when we have not taken care of _our ppl Should vote on any aid given to other countries then we can decide where our tax Go

    July 22, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Jeff

    How did we get to this point anyway? Exporting jobs, trade agreements that are in favor of every other country but us (suckers), allowing illegals to sponge off the system in many states, giving money to people who do not deserve it and have never lifted a finger to do work, even though they are perfectly capable of working, spending money (300 billion a year) plus 500 billion a year on the military (300 billion into a program at Area 51 where no-one knows where the money goes and no-one knows what pocket it ends up in.

    Let's default and clean the slate OFF!!!

    July 22, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. meh

    Ah Reese, another self centered prick. Of course you'd vote Republican. Shared sacrifice is something completely lost on you turds. If we default we screw up our economy and the world's. We're already being bought by China with all our debt and their economy is set to overtake ours in a matter of years, all because of folks like you who just think about yourself, rather than the country in which you live. False Patriots to the end.

    July 22, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. la67

    Egos of ALL these elected officials need to take a backseat and get a deal done! No need to be the rightest at this point. I suggest all Americans remember this day come elections day.

    July 22, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. Dan

    Unbelievable. How can the House walk away and go on recess when the country is about to crash?

    July 22, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  22. bigeasyinneworleans

    This is how the epublicans create jobs – by destroying the economy!!!

    July 22, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. socalgal

    Thank God for the Teapartiers or we would never be having this discussion. Republicans want to let me keep more of my own money and put constraints on entitlements so they will survive for others to use. Dems want to spend all we have and more [actually they already have] so that all of our programs will go bankrupt and no one will get to use them. I am neither Republican nor Democrat. By the way, it doesn't take a politician to figure out how to budget – an illegal immigrant never having studied math could do it.

    July 22, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. Hunter

    You hit the nail on the head, BeverlyNC!

    July 22, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. jb

    Boehner was late for "happy hour"

    July 22, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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