House GOPer Urges Boehner To Lift The Debt Ceiling

Rep. Pete King R-N.Y. speaks at a Republican Leadership Summit, Friday, April 17, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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Rep. Pete King (R-NY), a moderate in the Republican caucus, joined Democrats in urging House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to call a vote on lifting the debt ceiling while the House remains in flux over who will replace him.

Asked by a reporter Friday if Boehner is liberated to raise the debt ceiling now that he has announced his resignation, King said, “Yes, I would hope he does.”

“He doesn’t have to worry about losing votes. He’s not the speaker,” King said, when asked to elaborate.

King also suggested a willingness to work with Democrats to elect a new speaker.

“Whatever we have to do to elect a speaker, we have to do,” King said. “Whatever we have to do to get it done.”

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