House Speaker John Boehner demands cuts for debt limit increase
October 6th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
7 months ago

House Speaker John Boehner demands cuts for debt limit increase

(CNN) – House Republicans won't support raising the federal government's borrowing limit without new spending cuts from the Obama administration, and the White House risks an unprecedented U.S. default by refusing, House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday.

Speaking six days into a partial government shutdown and 11 days before the Treasury Department expects to hit its statutory debt ceiling, Boehner told ABC's "This Week" that he wants "a serious conversation" about spending, but no tax increases.

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  1. Donna Moore

    Republicans HAVE to hold out no matter what! The more we see of Obamacare the worse it is! Please do not give up your fight!

    October 6, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Put a Clean spending bill up for a vote now !

    If you can't cut the mustard , step down and let the country decide . Just because you want the president to fail , you have no right to destroy the country .

    October 6, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Isaac

    He is such a weak speaker.

    October 6, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. simplefaith

    YOu have got to be kidding me. John Boehner is doing what Ted Cruz wants. He has been in Congress longer that Ted Cruz been in office. Why are they playing with the American people. Do they know that they will have NO chance on earth to become President of the United States. People will not forget the cruelty and idiocy of the Republican Party. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan etc. hate and envious of our President who had taken office at a young age without any experience behind him and they think they can do the same. There is a difference, President Obama speaks with his heart and radiates through his actions and voice. These idiot Republicans are idiots and it radiates from their actions and body language. There is no way will the American people will vote for any Republicans that put through a default and make us look like losers. America will not forget who caused us to suffer. WE WILL NOT FORGET! John Boehner you are a sorry excuse for a House Speaker.

    October 6, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. boungiorno

    yes a SERIOUS TALK to the President the GOP puppet

    October 6, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP party of stupid continues to prove it, GOP morons and they wonder why they get no respect. News flash you lose the HOUSE in 2014 midterms and even your vote rigging won't save you !!!!!!!!

    October 6, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. john gladics

    The first cut should be his pay !!! Eliminate it

    October 6, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. simplefaith

    It appears that House Speaker Boehner does not want his job. He keeps listening to his fellow Republicans and it really is not doing him any good. Adios John Boehner. If you can believe what Ted Cruz is saying you are a pretty gallable man. He is bring you down with him. The American people are thinking Congress is the worst it has ever been, why don't you do something to fix it. The shutdown and not adjusting the debt ceiling is not the way to go. You are hurting the people that vote you in office. You are not winning you are losing. Too bad so sad.

    October 6, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. Winston Smith

    Play the games as long as you can. After next year it over, but for good. No more republican speed bumps, after 2014.

    October 6, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Winning

    I've had enough of this coward. These guys are ghosts in 2014.

    October 6, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. len

    Here John, Cut tax subsidies for big oil. There is one. I am sure you will say okay.

    October 6, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    @sonna, what exactly have you seen? the lies from faux news?
    You obviously don't work for the government or have friends or family that do and are probably getting government money already. Millions are hurting because the teatards are blackmailing the US. You from Canada?
    Children kept on parent's insurance until 26; senior prescription donut hole closed to the tune of $2-$3K a year; insurance companies cannot deny you conversge for pre existing conditions and they can't literally pull the plug on you with spending ceilings for cancer or catastrophic illnesses. Woman with MS who was paying $1,200 a month for insurance will now pay $300.
    You want to tell me what is wrong with that? I hope you never get sick or break a bone or have an accident and need insurance coverage.

    October 6, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Cruz to the bottom

    Boehner is a hostage taking terrorist, we do not negotiate with terrorists

    October 6, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. joe

    God help us all if the GOP defaults on our debt. People, take your hard earned retirement money out of the stock market NOW! the GOP is about to bring financial ruin to our country. this is a group of radical, extremist fools who have no idea what they are doing. WAKE UP AMERICA! they are so blinded by hate they are about to push us all over the cliff. what is this all about? did they do this when a republican was in the white house and running up the debt? HELL NO! they want the president to compromise: the president COMPROMISED on the sequester. he COMPROMISED on health care reform when he gave up on the public option in favor of PRIVATE INSURANCE providing health care. i remember the health care debate and the liberals were ready to throw the president overboard because he COMPROMISED with the republicans. if you think the tea party represents regular people then you need your head examined. make no mistake about it..this current group of 30-40 GOP fascists are walking our country right into the abyss.

    October 6, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    There has to be a stopping point for the continuing escalation of debt. Period.

    October 6, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Thomas

    @Donna Moore
    Republicans HAVE to hold out no matter what! The more we see of Obamacare the worse it is! Please do not give up your fight!
    ===

    Send in more moose jerky and keep your powder dry .

    Ted Cruz / Sarah Palin 2016

    Donna " Green Eggs and Ham " , try it , you might like it . How can you dislike something you haven't tried yet ?

    October 6, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    Do you prefer coffee or tea Speaker?
    Do you think it will rain tomorrow?
    Do you prefer Charmin or Northern bathroom tissue?

    Subjects John Boehner understands....

    October 6, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  18. Dallas

    Boehner has gone completely over the edge. He needs to be removed from his speakership immediately. His lack of sanity is damaging the nation.

    October 6, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. Ron L

    The biggest problem with this "position" being presented by Speaker Boehner is if you check the record there was a budget passed by the House, The Senate, and the President close to 6 months ago. In "normal" situations the House and the Senate would have went into conference within 2 to 4 weeks in an effort to reach "compromises" on budgetary numbers they don't agree on. This did not happen this year, because the Tea Party Republicans did not trust either the Democrats or members in their own party to reach numbers THEY wanted. So all three of the proposed budgets laid idle until the Tea Party Republicans could "cherry pick" the items they disliked and have the threat of a government shut down to "force" the President into giving in to their ideas. They have underestimated the President, he is extremely annoyed with their using the nations economy as a bargaining chip. The President MUST stand firm, no negotiation until Speaker Boehner allows the House to vote on a clean C.R. and Debt Ceiling Bill. If the Congress rejects either one, then and ONLY then should the President change his position!!

    October 6, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  20. luke,az

    "No Balls" Boehner is about to lose his job. He is the worst Speaker of the House in the history of the US. Instead of standing up to the tea party, he capitulates. The tea party Taliban can't even start their own party. They have infected the Republican party and are ruining our country.

    October 6, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Evergreen

    "...the White House risks an un-p recedented default..." says Boehner. Get a clue. It's the United
    States of America that is at risk of default. It is the responsibilty of Congress to ensure the bills are paid. Stop trying to make this about the President.

    October 6, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. John in Brooklyn

    A clear sign of desperation. If your argument doesn't hold water....change the debate question.

    October 6, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. MaryM

    Boehner, The House, your house, have ALREADY spent the money. Raise the debt ceiling

    October 6, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. MaryM

    Boehner, The House, your house, have ALREADY spent the money. Put the bill on the house floor and Raise the debt ceiling, now

    October 6, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. Hector Slagg

    Gee, Sorry,
    Somebody has to mind the store. Somebody has to make the hard choices. The old Liberal mantra is alive and well here. WITH YOUR MONEY AND MY BRAINS, WE WILL GO PLACES. Now if Obama even knew where the store is. It appears nothing will get done until Obama is gone.

    October 6, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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