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
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  1. cc

    The bottom line is that this republican party's problem is that they simply want this President to fail because of (What) he is not what he stands for and they will let the entire country go down the drain to do it. They are the sickest bunch of racist pieces of garbage I have ever seen....

    July 22, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. Rick

    Our political "leaders" have always used, and will always continue to use, taxes and tax exemptions to buy votes and power. Both parties are guilty. We could not have arrived where we are economically without both being part of the problem. The best solution moving forward is the one that limits the power (and therefore the money) that is available to our politicians. They have hooked our society on the drug of government programs. We may not be ready to go cold turkey, but we do need to break the habit.

    July 22, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. k

    They should all work day and night until they get this taken care of. This is just showing the extremes that the republicans will go to, to get the white house back. They really do not care about the American Public.

    July 22, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. Tom in CA

    Reagan would have raised taxes to help balance the budget. He would also be a liberal to the left of Obama by today's extreme GOP standards. The GOP has truly gone off the deep end and they plan to take America with them. Their lunacy is our demise.

    July 22, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Kay

    I've been enjoying the exchange between Reese and Sniffit. Apparently Reese believes that pretending he's wealthy on a CNN forum actually makes him wealthy. Thanks for the laugh!

    July 22, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. eric

    I am REPUBLICANS supporter and iam sick of them now.

    July 22, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. David Cincinnati

    Sniffit, surely you realize that a rich man like Reese (counting pieces) would know where to keep his wealth while the rest of the country suffers!

    July 22, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Abby in TX

    It's a sad day when the President of the United States has to rely on the news media to communicate with the Speaker of the House. Seriously, Speaker Boehner, whether you like what he has to say or not, refusing phone calls is not what the American people want to see. You politicians need to act like adults and stop wasting our money by prolonging your silly childish antics.

    July 22, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. abby1

    I hate these damn teatards. They are willing to jeopardize the ENTIRE country just to push their damn political agenda.

    July 22, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Rev Mkell,

    If poor people want help from the GOP/Tea Party then they need to hire a better lobbyist! It always been that way but in the last election the sheep heard the lies and and when after the free bubble-up and rainbow stew!! How does it taste now?

    July 22, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Matt

    I hope no one forgets who is running away from this problem. Coburn and Boehner both have left the discussion table. I hope when election time comes the American people remember which party would rather run this country to the ground if they don't get things their way instead of reaching for a compromise. They act like cutting taxes hasn't been one of the main reasons we're in this mess. We tripled our spending by going to war and didn't raise taxes. It doesn't take a genius to know that you can't pay for something you can't afford.

    July 22, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. Bob

    I truly hope the Democrats show the next Republican President the same DISREPECT the Republican idiots show President Obama.

    July 22, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. F A Casas

    The House needs a Republican leader. If Boehner cannot deliver the votes, then let's get someone who can.
    He is just wasting everybody's time by pretending he leads the House. It is obvious that Grover Norquist has more
    pull in the House than Boehner. Talk about the tail wagging the dog. This is despicable behavior.

    July 22, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  14. Lol to the people who saved their whole life.......

    You don't get it do you......This rich will become poor....Your paper money will be worth nothing.....We have no factories to make things to sell........Get the picture!!!!!

    July 22, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Doug, Seattle, WA

    Would someone please explain to me why anyone would want to vote for someone who is bound and determined to prove that government doesn't work?!

    July 22, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Patrick Foster

    I am on SSDI and my caretaker is typing this for me. Let me ask you this "Are you better off now than 3 years ago? Seems to me the republicans just want to keep unemployment up so they can win the white house. Even at the risk of 50 million in the AARP. No deal is good enough? Then close their offices, take back their cars, stop their healthcare and get rid of matching election funds. That should save us a pretty penny to start. Next cut the pork out of all bills and let us VOTE on what bill to pass since the people they claim to represent are not being asked. Obama invoke the 14th and be over with it...they want to make a Jimmy Carter of you. You've done a great job considering what was on your plate when you took office. Walking out on talks to keep America from default is TREASON. REMEMBER NOVEMBER.

    July 22, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. aap1970

    When will you all understand that it is both parties screwing America over.

    July 22, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  18. Ed

    I think that all of the Male Congressman should go play NFL football with the striking NFL millionaires....(NO HELMETS PLEASE) it doesn't seem like much to protect. Of course, most of the rest of us won't be able to afford to buy tickets to
    enjoy the fun.

    July 22, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Nav

    To let the tea bags/republicans allow our country to possibley default, shows that the people who voted for them had no idea who or what they voted for. Needless to say that they, the republican party doesn't care about the people who made this country, the middle class. Look at the stats, percent of corporate profits, verse percent of wage increases. The difference of CEO raise percentage verse the common middle income. Also, if, you remember, the problem with the downturn in this country started with a republican president, and these idiots want more for the rich?? I say, that if this defualt ever occurs, then lets just oust the entire republican party. Even if it doesn't, the idealogy of that party is not for the common people, but big business, banks, and the CEO's that control them. I'll tell ya, I'm not fond of the dems either, but, at least they bend, while the repukes have given nothing on the current budget negotiations. Next election, vote every single one of them out!

    July 22, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. j. caldwell

    Just finished watching nightly network sad & very frustrated. Why? A video of Mr Boehner walking away from the meetings laughing. For some reason Boehner thinks it's funny that he won't support Pres Obama's efforts to solve our country's debt issues. The next segment of news showed a single mother crying because she's concerned she won't get her $400 monthy SS check. A hard working, american crying because she's scared about not being able to pay bills, rent, or buy food. How dare Boehner laugh. He just doesn't get it does he? I say we don't pay any politican until they solve the debt issues . My husband and I have over 40 years of service in the U.S. Army. We're both here to say thay it breaks our hearts that our elected officials can't stop laughing long enough to take this issue seriously. Stop the loop holes, increase the taxes of the top 5% so we don't have to cry anymore. Most of all Mr. Boehner stop laughing, it's NOT FUNNY.

    July 22, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. Danny T

    You know – I dont usually post on these things and I have always been a republican at heart, but the wayour republican lawmakers have been doing their jobs lately makes me want to get sick. Do they care about America. You just dont walk off in talks about the worst debt crisis EVER to face our country and a dealine to meet. Our President has been busting his ass trying to get things done. People do you understand whats going to happen if some sort of compromise is not met before dealine?? This is serious. Our debt problem is REAL and we cant ignore it anymore. If we have to raise taxes and cut all kinds of government spending – then SO BE IT!! Ill pay more taxes with the understanding we have a balanced budget and America is economically sound. Then we can come out of this damn mess we are in. This GREAT RECESSION is not going away by itself. We are going to have to live on a budget – just the same as we live in our ordinary lives. Control spending and cut government waste first. Then raise taxes if needed. Get rid of these lazy ass politicians who just walk away from the negotiating table and take the weekend off!! ENOUGH of THIS!!

    July 22, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. Joshua the Agnostic

    I don't see a single one of you on here saying "Raise My Taxes". You all seem like you're jealous of what others have accomplished so you want them taxed to pay for benefits you will receive that are of little benefit to those paying for it. Medicare, SSI, these things mean little to those making over 250k a year. It's basically middle class welfare. And upper class warfare.

    The world has changed from the information age just like it did in the industrial revolution. Anything can be made anywhere. The world needs 2 things, ideas and energy. Sadly the US discourages both of these while China our biggest competitor is spending Trillions to harness them.

    July 22, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. asiasky

    Unreal – they got us into this mess and now they're paralyzed. Fire them all! Can anybody argue against term limits?

    July 22, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. Saddened, not surprised

    And with this, the GOP finishes it's transformation into the true American Taliban, worshiping the Jihad as a political tool. There is no power but Norquist, no law to be considered valid unless it is his pledge.

    July 22, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    one thing that the Tea Party has shown is that they can talk a big talk but do not know how to govern. The Republicans right now are at a 28% approval rating way down from the storm that took over the House in Nov 2010. And a lot of this dislike is due to the antics of the Tea Party. I assume many of these jokers will be sent packing next election hopefully starting with Allen West.

    July 22, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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