Boehner tells GOP lawmakers House would need to vote on debt ceiling by Wednesday to meet deadline
July 22nd, 2011
04:52 PM ET
3 years ago

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.
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Filed under: Budget • Debt • Deficit • John Boehner
January 13th, 2010
08:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats hold intense day-long negotiations on health care bills

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 President Barack Obama has made clear he favors the Senate Democrats' approach -- taxing high cost insurance plans -- to help pay for health care reform.
President Barack Obama has made clear he favors the Senate Democrats' approach - taxing high cost insurance plans - to help pay for health care reform.

Washington(CNN) - What was expected to be a morning meeting with the president on health care turned into all-day, intense negotiations with Democratic leaders trying to find compromise on differences over House and Senate health care bills.

The meetings did not finally wrap up until after 6:30 p.m. ET.

Senior congressional Democratic sources told CNN that the White House is pushing them hard to move quickly to resolve differences on a broad range of issues. The president and his top aides are being more aggressive than ever before in trying to broker a deal.

Though Democratic leaders and White House officials are tight-lipped about specifics, there is a deep House-Senate Democratic divide over how to pay for health care reform.

"Today we made significant progress in bridging the remaining gaps between the two health insurance reform bills," President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a joint statement Wednesday evening.

"We're encouraged and energized, and we're resolved to deliver reform legislation that provides more stability and security for those with insurance, extends coverage to those who don't have coverage, and lowers costs for families, businesses and governments."

Obama has made clear he favors the Senate Democrats approach - taxing high cost insurance plans. That has caused an eruption inside unions who oppose that approach.
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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Health care