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. Gaylord

    The stupid jerks! I am a disabled veteran. I lost my leg serving my country. I can NOT wear a prosthesis becausr it is so messed up. Now they are eluding they can't pay me. Are they still getting paid? You bet yhey are. Are disabled veterans supposed to live on the streets?

    July 22, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. joejoegunn

    This all makes me laugh. All of the name calling and people freeaking out about the debt crisis. There is one reason we are in this situation. This country spends more than it takes. Why is a balanced budget so hard for you idiots to understand? This is all made up, hyped up, politically charged, and down right stupid. Pass a balanced budget amendment and none of this would have happend or would ever happen again. The answer is SO simple. The best ones usually are.

    Idiots.

    July 22, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. New Hampshire dem

    I would suggest THAT IF YOU ARE AGAINST THE GOP, CALL YOUR GOP CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES THIS WEEKEND. AND LEAVE MESSAGES! If their voice mail is tied up with angry constituents, the message may sink in. Also find out if there recall petitions out for your GOP politician, sign it, and spread the word. DEFAULT IS NOT AN OPTION!

    July 22, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Sly

    There needs to be a 3rd party with sufficient numbers in our govermnent which would help eliminate these stupid deadlocks. These two polarizing parties represent the right and left extremes and are not doing what's best for -all- of America... The left, right and the majority in between as a whole. Right now the government is a complete joke, simply ineffective and total embarrassment.

    July 22, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. JB

    Wednesday, the house will present a debt ceiling bill to get the country through 2012. No revenue added, no cuts. Then the ball is in Obama's court. If the economy, inflation and jobs continue to tank, a 2nd democrat will enter the presidential race. The list of incumbents returning to congress from either party, after 2012, will be very small.

    July 22, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Chrisg

    If the debt ceiling is not raised and America is FORCED to default on its debt, the teapublicans will get the blame and they know it. WATCH THE REPUBS VERY CLOSLY this next week. Observe what tricks they will try in the house and senate.

    July 22, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Zip

    The irresponsible and stupid republicans will take Millions of jobs away from the economy for being extremist like Al Queda or Taliban. In a blink of a second they will remove all the credit worthiness of our country, send any growth we have in turmoil for years to come, because they are bent on destroying this country. Why did they not stop 2 Bushes and 1 Regan when they made it a political strategy to increase debt. These people want to protect billionaires but stick it to the normal guy. Shame on you Republicans and their evil leaders.

    July 22, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. RETIRED PERSON

    I as well as my wife are retired and only get Social Security; we have exactally $30 for the rest of the month; left after the two bills that we have are paid. To dump Social Security would mean that we will forfeit our home and vehicle; we will be living on the street and have no money for food. Think of all the "foreclosures" that will result. Think about this there are 50-70 million of us that can vote you out of your position. DONT TOUCH SOCIAL SECURITY. Another thing is when are the people of Congress going to pay into Social Security or pay for thier Medical like we "POVERTY LEVAL" seniors have to do.

    July 22, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Citizen

    You just can't keep stealing from the rich to win the votes of the poor

    July 22, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Fed Up

    Mr. President,

    Screw the party of NO. Use the 14h Amendment to deal with the issue.

    July 22, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. Citizen

    Listen to the piglet Welfare addicts sceam when the teat is threatened.
    America has had enough of tax and spend liberals.

    July 22, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. dj

    They should be fired. If the average worker did that kind of a job would we keep getting a paycheck? We need a clean slate of Americans in DC to run the country, out with the career politicans. Republicans Democrats have outlived their usefulness.

    July 22, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Kay C

    If my husband and I don't get our ssi check next week, I will blame the republicans for thinking of themselves, ruiening our country, hurting Americans and siding with the corporations and rich people. Whom cares if our future children children childrens childrens childrens childrens will have trouble that is way into the future what about now people? This is also a time to ban together and help your families, help your friends and help those around you if you have extra money. How dare the government takes away from the poor, the disabled and elderly and working class families. Its time that Americans get off their asses and go to washington and protest for real, not what the Tea Party been doing. Idiots republicans are the blame for doing this to the country. This all started with Bush.

    July 22, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Dymon Deb

    I'm so finally done with the Republican party. Boehner is no leader regardless of what party it is. Totally ridiculous.

    July 22, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. kc

    "Joseph

    Are these idiots really going to let the US default?"

    Joseph, sure looks that way.

    July 22, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Blair

    It seems that the Republicans want the US to go the way of Greece. Once you walk down that road, you're pretty much screwed.

    July 22, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Republicans Suck!!!

    Boehner – YOUR FIRED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Ryan

    This country cannot continue to afford unlimited spending and debt increases. It is time to face the facts that we cannot afford the level of government we have today. We must streamline to core essentials. We waste far too many dollars on ineefective programs and rather than cut those we talk about tax increases for the rich.

    I have never gotten a job from a poor person.

    The top 10% already pay about 50% of the total taxes. We cannot expect that to keep increasing.

    July 22, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. trickle-down-economy

    So, all those years with Bush's tax cut's were so beneficial for our economy and made so many billionaires to invest those billions they saved back that we have 9.2% unemployment and no growth? Oh, I know what the solution is – let them pay no taxes at all (so that people making under $250K would pay more taxes) – so may be after the billionaires save more billions, THEN they'll take the money from the offshore accounts and finally put them back into economy!!!

    July 22, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. Justin

    It's bad enough I have to worry about getting bombed while I'm here in the Middle East, now I have to worry about not getting paid while I'm doing it? Ridiculous

    July 22, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. PBHL (Proud Bleeding Heart Liberal)

    Hey Boner go back to your tanning booth. I see a non-orange spot on your face.
    Oh wait it is a brown spot from the Tea Part!

    July 22, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. David

    These Republicans, including the citizens that voted for them, are Fascists. They have one goal in mind: a "white collar" coup d'etat. They don't want Democrats to deal with anymore. And we'd better start calling them what they are, Fascists, or we'll never get our house in order; we'll be deluding ourselves that things can get back to normal on their own. The Fascists are traitors to their country, and should be, at the very least, strongly censured, and should actually be arrested. --If you think these words are too strong, check your history of Germany before World War II, and see how the Repubs now compare to the Nazis then; also review your history of our Congress just before the Civil War. The Lock and Load crowd is driving us to a Civil War, since we cannot allow these people to steal our country and further subjugate its citizens.

    July 22, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Maybe we should consider leasing Washington D.C. to a third world country and then start a new government in say, Philly or NYC. I've been told there are adults involved in this... prove it.

    July 22, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. Jay

    republicans run away when things get tough

    July 22, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. John Holmes

    Perhaps the time has come for the president to compromise and base a choice in reality for once, and not in some feel good posturing.

    4 trillion in cuts, 1 trillion in taxes sounds reasonable at first, until you take into account that those cuts are 10 to 12 years out and the tax increases are now.

    Stop lying, and stop pretending that worthless people have any right to exist at the expense of the productive.

    July 22, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
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