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


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. Robert

    I love all your stupid comments here. It is Obama and the democraps that are screwing up the country. The rating agencies said raising the debt ceiling will n ot help. A credible plan to bring outrageous sending under control will save the country and that is what conservatives are pushing.

    July 22, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Matt

    I say let'r crash.

    July 22, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. conbon

    Thank you Mr. President. I am proud to call you my president. Continue the good fight and thanks for being in our corner, as always.

    July 22, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. David D.

    Republicans at some point became immune to facts and beholden to ideology. "No tax hikes ever" is a nice slogan but it's no way to run an aging country that insists on being the world police, while offshoring jobs. If we do dumb, we have to pay for it. People forget we balanced the budget 10 years ago, and the big changes since then are the Bush tax cuts and doubling of defense spending. You would think we'd start there, reversing the unfortunate legacy of the Bush years and solving 40% of our deficit problem. Then we can get going on Social Security, healthcare, and unemployment.

    July 22, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. CTYank

    Did nobody see this coming with the tea-baggers? Herded by Dick Armey and the like, promoted by Faux News, and funded by Koch and such, you surely didn't expect intelligent participants in government. What you got was a bunch of petulant amateur ideologues who care only for their silly ideology. The Repubs got in bed with them, and now carry their STD.

    July 22, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. kober

    If there is a default, this country will quickly descend into anarchy. Reese's millions won't be worth two cents. There will be blood on the streets. Teabaggers will be lucky to escape with their lives. They will have to answer to a lot of angry americans. Good luck with that Republicans.

    July 22, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Bob

    Boener is a Greedy Big Business idiot! Business has had the tax deduction for YEARS and they HAVE NOT hired or improved their products. They did however buy more homes, boats, cars and toys. Anyone supporting these fools should join the tea party and admit your not too bright. Remember however the VAST MAJORITY of America wants the RICH taxed.

    July 22, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Is it time?

    The Republic is failing us. Perhaps a Caesar is necessary...

    July 22, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. waldenp

    What is all this liberal giberish. You are not very smart if you think the us will default. The president can pull the trigger and raise the debt ceiling through his own power...but he won't. He doesn't want to be blamed for raising the debt ceiling again. You people are worthless.

    July 22, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. spoo

    Obama can still go ahead and increase de debt ceiling, there is nothing in the constitution that prevents him from doing it. the congress approval has been a sort of tradition but not legally requiered

    July 22, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. jdomn

    Those of you claiming that Republicans are holding the economy hostage are right... but so are the Democrats. Both parties are doing the same thing in the name of their respective ideology.

    July 22, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. sjmfury

    Obama should simply call martial law and fix this shit. Republicans refuse to back down, he has no choice.

    July 22, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. KyleTN

    The "Deal" is real simple.

    Stop Stealing Social Security. You ARE stealing from Americans, and it will catch up.

    Cut Defense Spending By 90%. Saves: $1.1 Trillion

    Cut Welfare. All of it. 6 month maximum for withdrawing money for unemployment, when you get a job, you pay the money back.

    Scratch the Dept. of Homeland Security. Saves another $50 Billion per year.

    July 22, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Tom in San Diego

    [b]Obama has let the Senate seal his Legacy. He is dug in concerning tax and spend and it will be his undoing,...So much for hope and change....[/b]

    July 22, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. aflyer guy

    If the americans who voted these republicans into office do not feel like the biggest idiots on the planet, maybe they should! These gop turds hate anyone who is not rich because that is the group who they gét their donations from. They suck!! I will never vote for a republican ever again, under any circumstance. America needs to throw these bums out asap!!!!! Vote people, vote!!!!

    July 22, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. waldenp

    liberalism is a mental disfunction

    July 22, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Greenspam

    If USA defaults, it will be all Republicans' fault.

    July 22, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Jason

    Why are all of the comments attacking the Republicans? The absolute truth of the matter is that the Democrats are spending this country into bankruptcy. If the Republicans don't get serious spending cuts from the Democrats there will be no country. Sure Social Security and Medicare will be solvent for a few (very few) more years, but when 99% of the people now paying in to these "entitlement programs" retire the system will have long gone broke. So I suggest that all of you people who want handouts of every kind stop asking for things for free. The government does not exist to re-distribute the earnings from one class to another. That is called socialism and it doesn't work. Doesn't work, means it doesn't work. check out Greece if you want an example.

    July 22, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. Sad

    Wow, I am sadden by the comments made on this post. Obviously the majority of individuals on this site only listen to the extremist liberal media instead of trying to learn the facts by listening to a variety of media sources. Next time you make such hateful comments why don't you educate yourself and really learn the truth.

    July 22, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. Bob Ramos

    It comes down to this. The GOP leadership has lost control of its members and do not know how to handle that. Boehner is so terrified of losing his Speakership that he will bow to political pressures. He prefers party perks to what the country needs.

    July 22, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. 1rooster

    We are experiencing the kind of hate that Martin Luther King talked about. I hope we have learned a lesson. If we haven't then the USA, as we know it, will be destroyed from within. I wonder how history will judge this period in time.

    July 22, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. Silent Majority

    What happened to the GOP? Seriously. I miss them sometimes. Remember when "national security" was important to them? Yea, that was great. Good times.

    July 22, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. PaxLoki

    Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    are we there yet?

    July 22, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. Chrisg

    The party of NO has SAID since the current President was elected that their goal would be to make sure Obama failed at all COSTS. Well it looks like they are doing just that, INCLUDING DESTROYING AMERICA. THEY WILL NOT SUCEED. Many Americans have suffered because of the republican's selfishness in the states. Why do you think there is such an uprising in the states, especially in WI. We will all remember what the House and Senate Repubs do this next week.

    July 22, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. joeNYC

    During his campaign, OBA said something to the effect of "managing the debt ceiling without solutions is irresponsible government".

    Based on this, I think that the Repubs are playing politics and holding OBA to his words.

    July 22, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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