House Speaker John Boehner demands cuts for debt limit increase
October 6th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
10 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. AmericaFirst

    Boehner failed to put a leash on these nutty tea slags. Instead, he's down on all fours while the tea slags walk him out to take a shine.

    October 7, 2013 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  2. AmericaFirst

    Just turn the gavel over Boehner. You've had your turn at the chalk board and now it's time for someone else. The Democrats can govern. The tea party CANNOT.

    October 7, 2013 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  3. Maripil

    This is total irresponsibility on Boehner and the tea party to allow the government to default!! They are using the power of their office to put a gun to our heads!

    October 7, 2013 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  4. Catmandew

    Keep fighting Mr Boenher! Obamacare is terrible it is gonna raise my rates 38% we need it eliminated or changed. Why should a man be forced to buy maternity insurance or any female type insurance? I've always paid my medical insurance and now because of Obamacare I get a huge raise and I can't get my plan anymore. I probably will end up without insurance and having to pay the fine. Why should I have to pay for other lazy bums insurance anyway? We already pay for too much welfare!

    October 7, 2013 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  5. Catmandew

    @MarieMD you quite obviously don't realize all those things your saying are good cost the total to go up! This capping insurance profits and forcing insurance on groups will cost the whole alot more. There are reasons these groups weren't insurable! You must be one of those that says too bad if the companies lose money on you. You don't realize it all comes from somewhere. Jesus love is the only thing in life that's free!

    October 7, 2013 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  6. leah

    Deliver a clean CR bill. Not the time to hold this country's credit rating hostage for your own political gain.

    Do you job- Send up a clean CR bill.

    October 7, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  7. the hippies were right

    @Donna Moore, "the more we see Obamacare the worse it is". What does that mean? Please tell us what you've seen and what is going to get worse. I can't wait to see what you write! Or will you be like every other ACA hater and have no response, because you have no clue what you're saying?

    October 7, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  8. Joan

    Everyone should read the New York Times recent article about how this whole government shutdown plot was hatched months ago by wealthy Conservative groups who have no power themselves in Congress. The Koch brothers, DeMint, Heritage Foundation and many others dreamed up the plan and some Tea Party members have latched on to do the bidding. This is not just some brainchild of Ted Cruz. It is a well organized, extremely well funded plan to defund Obamacare, plain and simple. John Boehner himself is quoted as saying a few weeks ago that the health care law should not be attached to the CR. Strong Conservatives like Karl Rove, McCain, even Romney thought it was not a good strategy. So really Boehner is not just a puppet for the Tea Party members of his caucus, he, Cruz and all the others are just puppets for a larger, powerful Conservative planning organization. Long live democracy.

    October 7, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  9. durundallives

    Oh look, more political pandering from that orange fruit. Where do we sign up for the angry mob? Can bring my own torch and pitch fork...

    October 7, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  10. kirk

    Sorry dunna, wrong agsin, is truth and logic so difficult to accept? When you spout off about all he does is vacation, failed policies, is as if you were sleeping through the last Republican administration, no, you have zero credibility here, next.

    October 7, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  11. Maripil

    The only solution to this shutdown is to shutdown Boehner and the tea party!!

    October 7, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  12. Name

    They don't want taxes on their business buddies but want cuts to ss and Medicaid and retirement what's a hypocrite they are, they never talk about debts when their buddy George Bush's was in office, tax cuts and two wars, so what Obama is going to negotiate on ?

    October 7, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  13. TONE

    It's all a racist game these clowns are playing, and the name of the game is let the black guy fail, at the expense of the American people, wake up folks, in 2014 anyone with a teabag attached to their campaign must be voted out of office we cannot afford to have terrorist governing our country.

    October 7, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  14. RandyIA

    Since all of these "non-essential" programs have been shut down for a week. I think we really need to revisit what needs to be funded by the government. Why not just leave them down permanently. Open the parks and monuments back up for the public, you know the people they belong to, and get the fed out of the way.

    October 7, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  15. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Hold the vote, Boehner, you chicken!!

    October 7, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  16. tabeth

    Hey,
    Obama Care is a law that passed through democratic process...what is wrong with you?
    You can't stand to see a Black President doing something good for the country...what if it were clinton's Care
    Hillary Care, Bush Care....will you act the same way?

    October 7, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  17. What a Shame

    Too Bad Obama wants this government to shut down. He's not getting milage out of the "Blame Bush" excuse anymore. Hang in there Boehner and protect what's left of this country.

    October 7, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  18. vikingwoman

    I read this yesterday:"People who make unilateral decisions & then blame others for the consequences are betraying poor emotional health"! Boehner & Cruz, 2 men w/poor emotional health (read:crazy) have taken the US government hostage & now want to default on $$$ already spent!? And they have the nerve to say they're doing it to 'protect' the American people! There are rules & protocols for a reason & this is NOT the time to start 'bargaining' & blame the other side for the consequence of your own dirty tactics! Here's something to think about: It's Our government, Our $$$ you're spending & Our futures you're playing with! But true to their myopic view, John & Ted think this is about the GOTP & the White House (aka the President)! They need ACA posthaste, to see a doc about some meds!!

    October 7, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  19. tom l

    I agree with the president. The name "Washington Redskins" is very offensive. They need to change the name to offend less people. I say they go with "Landover Redskins". That's much less offensive.

    October 7, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  20. Gurgyl

    This Obamacare is the Law of the land. How insane to cry on it not cry on IRAQ, AFGANISTAN WARS? Pakistan 30 billion yearly cash-in? Is this color-blind?

    October 7, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Spkr Boehner all but openly admitted yesterday on "This Week" that Republicans intentionally shut down government in order to extract concessions from the Democrats, specifically Pres. Obama. All previous shutdowns ahve been about appropriations for one type of discretionary spending or another. Never before has a party shut down government with the express purpose of overturning a law.

    An angry House Speaker told a number of untruths yesterday. He claimed he won't bring a clean funding bill to the floor because it doesn't have the votes to pass. There at least 230 votes that would pass it. Then he backed off and told the truth, that he had no intention of passing a clean funding bill without some concessions. Reminded me of a kid in a candy store.

    October 7, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Everyone should read the New York Times recent article about how this whole government shutdown plot was hatched months ago by wealthy Conservative groups who have no power themselves in Congress. The Koch brothers, DeMint, Heritage Foundation and many others dreamed up the plan and some Tea Party members have latched on to do the bidding. This is not just some brainchild of Ted Cruz. It is a well organized, extremely well funded plan to defund Obamacare, plain and simple. John Boehner himself is quoted as saying a few weeks ago that the health care law should not be attached to the CR. Strong Conservatives like Karl Rove, McCain, even Romney thought it was not a good strategy. So really Boehner is not just a puppet for the Tea Party members of his caucus, he, Cruz and all the others are just puppets for a larger, powerful Conservative planning organization. Long live democracy.

    October 7, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  23. Marty, FL

    Um hello, the Dems & Pres. Obama already compromised with sequester cuts. In fact, an overwhelmingly bipartisan Senate worked together to pass a CR.

    Incompetent Boehner could PASS it today, but his TGOP pushed for a shutdown and now want to default on our nation's credit. It's disgusting and downright evil.

    Vote the TGOP out 2104.

    October 7, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. Marty, FL

    If Boehner & his TGOP can't keep our government from shutting down, they have NO business running it.

    October 7, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    I would like to ask Mr. Speaker this, "If you are as concerned about spending as you say, then why are you spending $300 million per day while the government remains shutdown?" When he dodges the first question I would then ask him, "If Republicans control the nation's purse, then why are they not responsible for government not being fully funded?"

    October 7, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
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