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Boehner: 'This Debt Limit Increase Is Obama's Problem'


"Real controls like a Balanced Budget Amendment," Boehner suggested, referring to a Republican-authored Constitutional ban on incurring budget deficits that would make raising taxes functionally impossible, and thus require filleting entitlement programs.

"You need to put back on the table some of the items that [you] took off early on," said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), vice-chair of the House GOP caucus. Those items include the same Balanced Budget Amendment, as well as a full repeal of the health care law, which, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would increase deficits by hundreds of billions of dollars.

Republican and Democratic leaders will return to the White House Tuesday afternoon -- but they're still miles from a deal that can pass the Congress, and sidestep a debt default, which becomes a real risk in just three weeks.

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