Boehner vows conditions for raising of debt ceiling
ReutersWASHINGTON -- As the U.S. government moved into the second week of a shutdown on Monday with no end in sight, a deadlocked U.S. Congress also confronted an Oct. 17 deadline to increase the nation's borrowing power or risk default.
October 8, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner vowed not to raise the U.S. debt ceiling without a “serious conversation” about what is driving the debt, while Democrats said it was irresponsible and reckless to raise the possibility of a U.S. default.
In comments on Sunday television political talk shows, neither Republicans nor Democrats offered any sign of impending agreement on either the shutdown or the debt ceiling, and both blamed the other side for the impasse.
“I'm willing to sit down and have a conversation with the president,” said Boehner, speaking on ABC's “This Week.”
But, he added, U.S. President Barack Obama's “refusal to negotiate is putting our country at risk.”