Greg Sargent followed up with John Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel who gave Greg the same non-responsive quote they’ve been giving other reporters. Greg pressed though on the distinction between “clean up” and “damages” noted here. And Steele replied that now Boehner is willing to say no government money for damages either, which is new. Pressed further by Greg, Steel said: “No taxpayer money for cleanup or damages — period. BP pays. If the current law doesn’t guarantee that, we are happy to work in a bipartisan way on reasonable new legislation.”
But there’s already legislation out there to raise the cap and it’s being opposed by congressional Republicans. So is Boehner really coming out in favor of raising the cap?
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.