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. Bob Ramos

    People – Unless the GOP leadership get some iron in their spines, and defy the talk show hosts; the tea party; the folks they signed pledges with, the US government is out of business on 8/03/2011.

    July 22, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Mick

    How long did you really think our Government could continue to borrow money at the rate it was going?

    July 22, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. tamarac866

    So Repubican/Tea Party, where are the jobs promised and ran in November. Liars. Corporations and Wall Street run this country. Republicans will not be happy until they have destroyed this President and the middle class at the expense of MILLIONS of American workers and families. Imagine if the Democrats -any one of them – signed a deal with anyone. Can you imagine? The Republicans would be calling for impeachment. People just don't get it....

    July 22, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. rg

    The dont care.they are stuck back in bush time.trying to run the usa in the ground.the republicans trying to keep the rich richer. The poor poorer.when have any one of them took a pay cut none.we gave them the job .but we cant hear are voices or our wants.what about the elderly ,sick,disable.need there checks,they need to grow up

    July 22, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. caseyoz

    someone with the clout needs to organize a rally- gridlock rally where they surround all the office buildings and force them to see what real gridlock is....

    July 22, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. A. Rice

    I stand with the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BARACK OBAMA. The Republicans have NEVER cared about the poor or the ederly. OBAMA WILL BE RE-ELECTED IN 2012.

    July 22, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. J W

    The republicans and the tea party hobbled leaders, Boehner and McConnell are digging themselves and the party into the ground.
    They are acting irresponsibly and ignorantly. Republicans except for the extreme cases are willing to change party rather than endorse these actions. It has become not a point of intelligent leading, but a GOP circus of grandstanding and puffing chests against the president! No matter what cost even their own they plod ahead mindlessly.
    There once was a republican party that represented it's best leaders who upheld decent, fair and intellegent politics. It is clearly dead and buried and has been replaced by a minority of small minded, short sighted, uninformed maniacs who apparently have the misplaced GOP losers in charge by the throat! God help America.

    July 22, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. abel

    i expect a story about how boehner acted like a 10 year old

    July 22, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. jimbly

    nice knowing you usa.
    time to move to china.

    why bet on a losing team?

    July 22, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. jdomn

    Why are any of you talking about default? We have enough money to not default... plus cover the larger entitlement programs. It is literally impossible for us to default, unless Obama decides to not pay off the debt. If you want to complain about all the government programs that would suffer, that's fair game... but a default is impossible at this time since we have the money to cover it. Perhaps time would be better spent in Congress figuring out how to trim the fat of government spending so that we have a balanced budget. And I don't mean super right wing cut everything liberal type of trimming. I mean honest cuts that make the government run more efficiently. That will never happen because the Democrats and Republicans are too busy trying to make the other look bad.

    July 22, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. brian

    i've got your boehner right here...

    July 22, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. pfft

    The debt ceiling really doesn't matter because between the Treasury and the Fed, money can be printed to pay obligations. There is no dependency on congress passing any law. If bills are not paid, the president should be blaming the Fed.

    July 22, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    If you look in the dictionary for the word Douche there is a picture of Rush Limbaugh but if you look real close Rush is holding a picture of John Boehner...

    July 22, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. Dwight Wendell

    John Boehner is not the president of the United States. If he ran for the office, he would lose. But he is blocking the will of the people of the U.S. Ideological dogmatism is not democracy. Consensus-building, debate, compromise ... these make democracy. Accepting that fact is all that keeps us from settling our differences as Neanderthal tribes did. Boehner's ilk have been around since the days of the ancient Athenians. They don't shut up. They are only stopped when the groundswell of public opinion against them is overwhelming. Come on. people. Write an email to your congressman. Better yet, write one to Boehner. The president's offer is more than fair. Republicans, be willing to compromise or else get out of politics.

    July 22, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. bud

    Half the money spent by the US govt is wasted. They all stay at the finest hotels. They require a meeting place like Hawaii or Las Vegas. Freeze Federal pay. Downsize the Federal auto and air fleet. Make them fly coach. Every agency can cut 25%. We can do without the Dept of Education, probably do even better educating kids. The Dept of Energy could go since we don't seem to have an energy plan. How many billion is that so far? See? We can do it.

    July 22, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. wildmanofborneo

    When ideology trumps compromise democracy withers. Where are all the jobs created by the Bush-era tax cuts? I am willing and able to pay a little more to prevent class warfare.

    July 22, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. James

    Republicans, GROW A SPINE AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR YOUR COUNTRY. Obama has bent over backwards to try to accommodate republican concerns. I'm thinking NO is the only staple word in their vocabulary.

    July 22, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. aflyer guy

    Here is a gpod place to start cutting – cut the pentagon and military money off on august 2nd and see how long it takes for these idiot tea partiers views to be dead and buried!! Stop all these money losing wars! Stop foreign aid! Stop pussyfooting around with these republicans and play hardball!!

    July 22, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. Michael Breaux

    Negotiation means both sides give something to reach a middle grown. As a high income taxpayer, I realize that for us to put our house in order that I may need to contribute to the cause. Tax rates were lowered at a time when the budget was in surplus following the Clinton administration. Since that time, we have been fighting terrorism, experienced a financial melt down due to mismanagement by the Wall Street types, and made a decision (AT THE URGING OF PRESIDENT BUSH, SUPPORED BY BOTH REPULICANS AND DEMOCRATS) to bailout the banks and insurance companies because "they are too big to fail." There is plenty of blame to go around. Extending the Bush tax cuts was a foolish move to begin with. The Republicans are being totally irresponsible and hopefully will realize that before they send us into another great depression. If they do not, then we will be in for a rough time for years to come. These Republicans are leading us down the same road the Herbert Hoover did prior to the Great Depression. LET US HOPE THAT THEY FINALLY OPEN THEIR EYES.

    July 22, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. gaucho402

    My goodness...who would've thought that the current GOP would make GW look like a genius?

    July 22, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. RP

    The Republican party has gone completely insane. President Obama gives a great press conference about what's going on, and all I'm hearing from my republican friends watching the same thing is that he's speaking like an idiot. What's going on? How can some people be so blinded by a group that clearly doesn't care about the nation, let alone single citizens.

    I voted for the Republicans senators and representative during the last election, but after reading that they're ok with defaulting and destroying the economy, then it'll be a cold day in hell before these people get my vote again. Liers, all of them.

    July 22, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. edvhou812

    All you DC politicians are sad. I have completely lost any faith I had left in politican leadership, and America's bond rating is about to be down-graded. I remember growing up as a kid in the 1980s and seeing how great this nation was, and hearing stories about this nation's greatness from my parents and grandparents. Now I am witnessing it's slow, ugly death as an adult. This is tragic and sad.

    July 22, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  23. Cyrus

    Mr. Speaker:

    Instead of signing a pledge to Grover Norquist & the TP, please sign a pledge to the American public, regardless of whether they voted for your party or not, and state that you shall not let this great country crumble like a third world nation, and you will put aside politics and polls and actually help the vast majority of the middle class.

    July 22, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. Steve

    Maybe we should consider fencing off Washington D.C. and leasing it off to a third world country; lock, stock and congress. Hey, income is income! Then we could could re-establish the government someplace else like Philly, or NYC. We have nothing to loose by trying.
    I've been told there are actually adults involved in these 'discussions'... prove it.

    July 22, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  25. jcm52

    "I could care less if we default and the market goes down as I have saved my whole life and it will be just another buying opportunity – bring it. "

    So where is your money? In stocks? They may tank. In bonds? They may tank. In the bank? Banks may fail. Who exactly guarantees your money is insured? FDIC. What does the 'F' stand for? Federal. As in, if deal fails, your bank is no longer guaranteed. It just takes one bank to fail and not be supported for bank runs all over. You're going to use devalued US dollars in an account in a defunct bank to buy what, exactly?

    July 22, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
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