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Boehner: No Higher Taxes In Lame-Duck Debt Limit Fight


Boehner's rhetoric hasn't changed since the last debt limit fight, despite dire consequences for the economy and a deal to avert an economic crisis that his party was unable to uphold.

"Allowing America to default would be irresponsible," he will say. "But it would be more irresponsible to raise the debt ceiling without taking dramatic steps to reduce spending and reform the budget process."

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday President Obama will not engage in another debt limit fight -- and its hard to imagine Republicans provoking one if they lose the election in November. But that's exactly what Boehner says he'll do -- in part because he'll face no political consequences later in his career.

"Previous Congresses have encountered lesser precipices with lower stakes, and made a beeline for the closest lame-duck escape hatch," Boehner will note. "Let me put your mind at ease. This Congress will not follow that path, not if I have anything to do with it..... This is the last position in government I will hold."

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