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Speaker John Boehner drops conditions for raising debt limit

It appears Speaker John Boehner and some other Republicans are growing weary of threats of new government shut downs each time another budget is due. Boehner has dropped conditions on raising the debt limit, reported Money News on Feb. 11, 2014. On Wednesday the House will vote on raising the U.S. debt limit without conditions, therefore ignoring factions of the Republican Party that called for tying the measure to defunding of Obamacare and including benefits for military retirees.

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Boehner has said Democrats will now need to back the new measure, which he anticipates will get only minimal Republican support. Boehner said, "We’ll let the Democrats put the votes up." Boehner also said that he had spoken to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who has told him there will be enough Democratic support to pass this measure. For months President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats have been saying that a debt-ceiling increase must not be combined with any other policy measures.

Speaker of the House John Boehner has been expected to bring legislation to the floor that would raise the nation’s borrowing authority without asking for any policy concessions from President Barack Obama or
congressional Democrats, reports Al Jazeera. Ever since taking control of the House in 2010, Boehner and his caucus have been calling for spending cuts, the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and other submissions in exchange for agreeing to increase the debt ceiling. This has pushed the nation to the brink of default several times. This time Boehner is asking for a clean debt ceiling vote which would extend the borrowing authority of the U.S. government until March 2015.

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