Boehner: GOP Will Pass ‘Responsible’ Debt Bill

Southwest Ohio Republican John Boehner says the house will raise the debt cap but insist Democrats accept spending controls.(Photo: Gage Skidmore)
Southwest Ohio Republican John Boehner says the house will raise the debt cap but insist Democrats accept spending controls.(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Speaker John Boehner says the GOP-controlled House will “do its job” and pass legislation to lift the nation’s borrowing cap and keep the government running, but will insist that Democrats accept new spending controls.

Boehner acknowledged Monday that failing to lift the so-called debt ceiling would have bad consequences. But the Ohio Republican also said that “allowing our spending problem to go unresolved” would be just as troublesome.

Without congressional action, the government would have to default on its obligations, a prospect that could send markets into a spiral and do broader harm to the fragile economy.

The Ohio Republican’s statement came after President Barack Obama told reporters he was willing to negotiate on the budget but wouldn’t allow the debt ceiling to be held captive in the process.

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