House Speaker John Boehner toughened the already “do or die” strategy of Republicans Sunday. On the ABC news program "This Week," Boehner gave a flat “"no way" to any agreement to raise the nation's debt ceiling unless it includes conditions to rein in deficit spending.
Boehner told host George Stephanopoulos, "I told the president, there's no way we're going to pass one. We're not going down that path. It is time to deal with America's problems. How can you raise the debt limit and do nothing about the underlying problem?"
The question of reopening the government received the same intransigent answer; "Absolutely not," was Boehner’s reply without face-to-face negotiations with the Senate and Obama. That is if he personally gets involved rather simply talking to his friendly press corps.
Republicans seek serious changes to the president’s signature healthcare law known as Obamacare, or officially the “Affordable” Care Act. Both Obama and the Democratic-led Senate have rejected that demand.
Obama claims it is the responsibility of Congress to raise the debt limit by an Oct. 17 deadline when the government will begin running short of the funds needed to pay its bills.
The country is over $17 trillion in debt. He has said he will not negotiate with Republicans over that issue.
If there is to be negotiations with the Senate and perhaps Obama, Boehner said, "It begins with a simple conversation." The biased news media eagerly jumped on Boehner’s use of the word “conversation.” Apparently many counted how many times he used it on “The Week – 122 times.
It appears the two sides are in for a long standoff.
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