Boehner rules out debt limit hike without Obama concessions; Lew warns of 'playing with fire'

  • Article by: DONNA CASSATA , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 6, 2013 - 4:32 PM

WASHINGTON — The United States moved closer to the possibility of the first-ever default on the government's debt Sunday as Speaker John Boehner adamantly ruled out a House vote on a straightforward bill to boost the borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama.

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nativesonzzOct. 6, 13 9:49 AM

The Tea-Party was established in 2008 in response to the bank bailouts. Since 2010 the movement has deteriorated into a hypocritical, racist, and xenophobic band of babies throwing temper tantrums. To read mainstream media one would think both are at fault. Reading first hand accounts from 10-20 different reporters who do not have an agenda...you can get decent picture of what is actually going on. This shutdown lays squarely at the feet of a group of religious zealots unwilling to compromise on an issue they lost on years ago. Sounds exactly like an American Taliban...they will do anything if they believe they have "god" on their side.

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badgerfan2Oct. 6, 1310:02 AM

The president could theoretically designate the tea party as a terrorist organization and according to the policy of president bush, detain them indefinitely at guantonimo bay. Just saying. After all what they are doing follows no constitutional procedure. If they want to change the law, they need to have it pass the house and senate and be signed into law by the president. Last I checked they didn't have the votes to do that. They aren't even fighting over the budget, all the senate did was strip out the poison pill and send it back to the house. Have the republicans thought about how to deal with those who have already signed up through the ACA? Of course not, just like they didn't think about the legal status of same sex couples who were married in California before they re-banned it. I would say these republicans belong in prison.

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idiocracy2uOct. 6, 1310:32 AM

The Obama administration was slow to bring back those workers even though the law allowed it. - Obama will be slow to act on anything since he is not a leader, he is an organizer. With more people back at work, it doesn't cause pain, with no pain people don't notice. If nobody notices, we have way too much government. I have not noticed anything with the government shut down, but then again, I am not dependent upon government. What about you?

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sanitypleas4Oct. 6, 1310:32 AM

Oh, there's a shut down??? Where??. Maybe we don't need all these useless programs then. It's a great education for the American people on how bloated the government has become.

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dogmanOct. 6, 1310:34 AM

The fact that Boehner refuses to put either the Senate CR or a clean debt ceiling increase up for a vote proves that both would pass, robbing the rabid teapublican extremists of opportunities to extract their ideological ransom

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falcon1681Oct. 6, 1310:55 AM

idiocracy2u - The Obama administration was slow to bring back those workers even though the law allowed it. - Obama will be slow to act on anything since he is not a leader, he is an organizer. ----------- Actually, he's "slow" to act because he follows due process, consults with affected agencies, makes sure that laws and procedures allow it, and then crosses his T's and dots his i's. Things that the reactionary right do not do in their haste to destroy this country.

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firefight41Oct. 6, 1311:00 AM

Things that the reactionary right do not do in their haste to destroy this country. ***************** Party blindness is leading this nation to destruction, and both parties are keeping the voting public blind.

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idiocracy2uOct. 6, 1311:06 AM

Actually, he's "slow" to act because he follows due process, consults with affected agencies, makes sure that laws and procedures allow it. - Tell that to the Vets he wouldn't allow to their own memorial. Tell us how he can keep trying to change HIS own law of the land and exempt his cronies, the unions, and politicians. If this is good for them, it must be great for the American people. But, once again, the elites are different. Still no effect form government being out. A majority of America is still doing it's thing. I guess that's all that matters, right, the majority?

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idiocracy2uOct. 6, 1311:09 AM

The fact that Boehner refuses to put either the Senate CR or a clean debt ceiling increase up for a vote proves that both would pass. - Someone needs to be an adult in the room. The petulant child needs to be spanked and weaned off it's addiction to our money. There is no debt crisis, the world will not end. The issue is the lack of will to get spending under control. That's right, it's about SPENDING. Obama care will take care of itself and collapse on it's own.

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bruiser2Oct. 6, 1311:16 AM

I agree with you, Falcon. It's called leading from behind and this president has made an art form out of it.

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