John Boehner Concedes ‘Narrower’ GOP Options On Debt Ceiling

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Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday admitted to reporters that Republicans’ options for winning concessions on the debt ceiling are limited due to President Barack Obama’s insistence on raising it without strings attached.

“I don’t think Republicans want to default on our debt. Secondly, the president’s made clear he doesn’t want to negotiate,” he said, going on to lament that Obama won’t agree to further spending cuts without new taxes in the mix.

“And so the options available continue to be narrower in terms of how we
address the issue of the debt ceiling, but I’m confident we’ll be able
to find a way,” Boehner said.

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