Source: Boehner willing to take assist from Dems on debt ceiling
October 3rd, 2013
08:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Source: Boehner willing to take assist from Dems on debt ceiling

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner told a group of House GOP members he would be willing to rely on Democrats to help pass a measure to raise the debt limit, setting aside a practice conservatives insist he follow known as the “Hastert rule,” according to one House Republican who attended a private session with Boehner on Wednesday.

The "Hastert rule," adopted by former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert, is the practice of not permitting a vote on any legislation in the House unless a majority of House Republicans back it. Boehner never pledged to follow the rule when he assumed his post and has drawn the ire of some House conservatives and several outside groups for those instances when he allowed votes on measures that passed with more Democrats than Republicans.

Congressional Republicans remain divided over how to structure legislation to raise the nation's borrowing level, and with only two weeks before the debt ceiling deadline, there is still no plan to avoid a default.

According to this Republican - who requested anonymity to talk about the private meeting – Boehner said he would not allow a default to happen, even if that means getting help from Democrats.

President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill have repeatedly insisted that they will not negotiate over any legislation to raise the debt ceiling, but Boehner and others are still demanding some combination of spending cuts and other GOP-backed policy changes on any debt legislation.

A Boehner aide said “Boehner has always said the United States will not default on its debt, so that’s not news.” The aide also said whatever the House votes on will have bipartisan support.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. GOP =Greed Over People

    If this is true, I may have a kernel of respect for the Weeper of the House, for putting the entire country before his job as speaker.

    Although, I fully expect his mouthpiece, Steele, to tell us what he said is not what he meant.

    October 3, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. Maripil

    I doubt Boehner will seek assistance from Democrats as he is so scared of his tea party! Tea party. Republicans are holding us hostage to their demands of defunding the affordable care act (Obamacare). Last time I checked Obamacare is the law of the land!

    October 3, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. Becky

    I called my Republican Congressman today to voice my support of Republicans by telling his office to "keep digging that hole deeper. Keep digging, keep digging!"

    October 3, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. Tom

    I have to say I feel sorry for Boehner. The guy is in an impossible situation. I think abandoning the Hastert rule is a wise move, both for the country and the Republican party. I hope Boehner gets some support from the more moderate members of his party on this. Turning over the Republican party to the Tea Party lunatics is a prescription for disaster that could damage the Republican party for decades.

    October 3, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Name Uche Agonsi

    Whatever Boehner says he would do he does NOT do. That guy is not to be trusted because he thrives on absolute falsehood. Obama needs not to be worried over raising the debt limit because Boehner knows what would be coming to his money bag bosses when he causes another stock exchange crash that would engineer another recession. This time Mr. President will not be kind enough to undertake another excruciating finance rescue job.

    October 3, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    I was under the impression the even Denny Hastert didn't know about the "Hastert rule"...

    October 3, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. What a Shame

    Who cares. Free America and dump Obamacare.

    October 3, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. Devan

    Boehners family sent him to Washington to keep him from destroying the family business. He needs to be replaced by the closest thing to Ted Cruz they have in the House.

    October 3, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    The TPublicans will continue making demands to THIS president and whatever they tell Boehner to do-he'll do (drunk or sober). I remember the last time Boehner made an agreement with the president over the debt ceiling that is, until the TPublicans threatened him – so why would anyone trust him now?
    This is why the president needs to stick to his no nonsense approach and let these people know he means business this time around. They've shown they don't care anything about this country or the people in it as long as they can hurt the one man who makes them feel inferior. Personally, I love watching them crack up with insane jealousy and hatred.

    Don't trust Boehner.

    October 3, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. rs

    Given that every deal Boehner has made with this administration has been so much hot air, I'll believe this when it happens. Saying that, it is apparent that Boehner needs help- lots of it.

    October 3, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What happened John? Did the crazy knuckle draggers that so easily mislead you to destroy the country, make you cry? It is one thing to take an oath to support our country, but then take millions from special interests to bring the United States to its knees.

    October 3, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. ED1

    Stand you ground we never wanted Obamacare and you are speaking for the majority of the people.

    The people who complain the most are the people who work for the Government not in the private sector where the rubber meets the road.

    It's people who work for a living that pay for all the babies that their fathers will not come forward or better yet the whole family is in on the scam of our taxes.

    October 3, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. Larry in Houston

    this guy is starting to make me sick – OMG – as far as I'm concerned, the voters can't send him back to Cincinnati soon enough !!

    ""Boehner said he would not allow a default to happen, even if that means getting help from Democrats"""

    SO – does that mean when he needs help from the democrats (for other issues, for instance) they aren't willing to "negotiate" ?? LOL – But he wants them to "negotiate" when the "default" time rolls around.

    LOL – what a pathetic bunch of nuts !!

    Where's JOE ?? Wasn't he in Congress for the last 29 or 30 years ??? Fact is : He may be the only Adult in the room !! LOL

    October 3, 2013 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  14. boungiorno

    lets all work together and get back to living the sooner the better thats just what we need is for other countries see us at our weakest point totally unecessary

    October 3, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    Ruling Class: 1 devout priest, and 99 tankards, thieves, and liars. Who would you trust?

    October 4, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  16. Thomas

    What ?

    Another stupid GOP rule or tradition ?

    October 4, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  17. just me

    It doesn't matter what he's said in the past or the present. All that matters is what he'll say after the teabaggers throw yet another hissy fit. Then, of course, that was his position all along.

    October 4, 2013 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  18. charlies curry

    what he is really sayin is he'll meet with his rich buddies they will put on a play for all of us . line there pocketts again with pork and go home!!!!!

    October 4, 2013 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  19. What's in that tea anyway?

    I'm relieved...because I had a very sinking feeling about the debt ceiling and what irrational people might consider doing....and not talking about the Dems. Looks like there is some sanity still left in House leadership...but there is no way Boehner going to be able to remain speaker after he stops this country from burning down to the ground. He will be called a RINO and extricated from the party of GOP/Tea Trolls. Next you'll here Boehner is

    October 4, 2013 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  20. Marie MD

    How weeping nice of him. Considering that you have brought the country to an almost standstill with millions either without jobs or no pay (not only Feds) we are supposed to cheer for you?
    Obamacare is in effect. People are paying less for medical insurance (while we taxpayers still pay for yours government shutdown or not). GET OVER IT!!!
    You can't change it now and watching the turkey from KY speaking with the old guy (hey, I am miked let me put it in my pocket) that they think they are winning was priceless. Same for reuhabager(sp?) giving a park ranger a hard time for what he did to her? Kudos to the furloughed employee who confronted him as he walked away with nothing to say to him. Bullies, when confronted, run away.

    October 4, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  21. kirk

    There is no plan: their plan is to crash the economy, again. You see they dont have any plans to help because they dont want to help you, is it really that hard to see, its idiots that see and still vote gop because they have been conned into believing the poor people are trying to take your money, all the while conspiring to chip away at your standard of living. Its the ones who have convinced themselves their above it that perpetuate this inequities problem they refuse to acknowledge?

    October 4, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  22. Richard Long

    The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that "the buck stops here." Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

    October 4, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  23. Gurgy

    Good, why didn't you do it all this time? Your thug Lindsey Graham, Eric Cantor losers told you not to do.

    October 4, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |