Boehner Predicts ‘Whale Of A Fight’ Over Debt Limit

Speaking at a fundraiser in Boise, Id., House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) predicted “a whale of a fight” over the debt limit, which is set to expire mid-October.

“I’ve made it clear that we’re not going to increase the debt limit without cuts and reforms that are greater than the increase in the debt limit,” according to a report in the Idaho Statesman.

“The president doesn’t think this is fair, thinks I’m being difficult to deal with. But I’ll say this: It may be unfair but what I’m trying to do here is to leverage the political process to produce more change than what it would produce if left to its own devices. We’re going to have a whale of a fight.”

The Speaker added: “I wish I could tell you it was going to be pretty and polite, and it would all be finished a month before we’d ever get to the debt ceiling. Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way… If this were easy to do, somebody over the last 20 or 30 years would have gotten it done. We’re going to do it this fall.”

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