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October 25, 2014

Boehner Reiterates Need to Couple Spending Cuts With Debt Limit Hike

Speaker John A. Boehner signaled again Tuesday that President Barack Obama is going to have to talk with him about spending cuts if the White House wants to raise the debt ceiling once more.

A day after White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated the president’s position that the White House would not negotiate on the nation’s debt, Boehner stubbornly reaffirmed his own position.

“We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling without real cuts in spending,” the Ohio Republican said. “It’s as simple as that.”

When he was pressed on whether he could achieve dollar-for-dollar cuts in spending for every dollar raised in the debt ceiling, Boehner equivocated before expressing his own personal opinion that the “Boehner Rule” should be followed.

“We need significant cuts in spending if we’re going to replace the sequester and extend the debt limit,” he said, adding, “I believe that the so-called ‘Boehner rule’ is the right formula for getting that done.”

While the federal borrowing authority expired in May, with the debt limit now set at roughly $16.7 trillion, the Treasury Department has been taking “extraordinary measures” to stave off the need for new borrowing authority until this fall. Congress and the president will need to reach a deal before then if the government is going to grant new borrowing authority when the Treasury Department’s gimmicks run out.

  • DrSquishy

    What cuts does Boehner want?

  • The End is Near

    The debt has been frozen at 16.699T for 70 straight days.

    The US GOV is technically in default as we already exceeded the debt ceiling.

    It is looking like the USDollar, JapYen, UKPound and Euro will all quickly freefall devalue by some 70% starting after the German election in September.

    And 2014-2019, the FED will likely create yet another $17TRILLION worth of city local, state and federal bailouts as city states and large (too big to save) corporations declare bankruptcy overnight. Your dollar will be worthless.

    • Nicholas DeLuca

      Hysteria ! Do you really believe what you posted “

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