Boehner Spox: Clean Debt-Limit Increase Can’t Pass The Senate

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A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, responding to calls for his boss to hold up-or-down votes on a clean spending bill and debt-ceiling increase, asserted Monday that a bill raising the debt limit without other reforms couldn’t clear the Senate.

“A ‘clean’ debt limit increase can’t pass the Senate, let alone the House,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement. “It’s time for some Washington Democrat to step up, act like an adult, and start talking about how we reopen the government, provide fairness for the American people under ObamaCare, and deal with the drivers of our debt and deficits.”

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