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Boehner Hints At Another Debt Limit Fight Next Year

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Pressed again in a followup question, he kept his options open.

"My goal is to get to an agreement with the President of the United States that addresses this problem," he said.

If Boehner's forced to extend middle-income tax cuts only, it's unlikely that Congress will raise the debt limit before the end of the year. That, he suggested, will allow him to reopen negotiations with Obama early next year.

"The debt limit ought to be used to bring fiscal sanity to Washington, DC," he said.

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