Boehner: House Republicans Still Don’t Have A Debt Ceiling Plan

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters on Tuesday morning that the GOP conference still hasn’t settled on what they’ll demand from the White House in order to raise the debt ceiling.

He said GOP leaders have spoken to members and while there are “a lot of opinions about how to deal with the debt limit, no decisions have been made.”

Republicans are considering options such as repealing the “risk corridors” in Obamacare and forcing President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone pipeline. But they’re struggling to get the necessary votes for any approach.

Boehner didn’t voice confidence that they’ll get there.

“We’ll see,” he said. “Listen, I don’t do the vote counting. [House Majority Whip] Kevin [McCarthy] does. But I’ll take him off the hot seat. Listen, the goal here is to increase the debt ceiling. Nobody wants to default on our debt. But while we’re doing this, we’ve got to do something about either jobs and the economy, about the drivers of the debt.”

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