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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday that discussions were under way to deal with a looming Nov. 5 deadline to raise the federal debt limit but no decisions have been made.

“There is no agreement on how to do this. There are discussions about how to do it, but there’s nothing else to report,” Boehner told a news conference.

Asked about a House Republican effort to force a vote to renew the Export-Import Bank’s expired charter, Boehner said the best way to handle that would be through the House Financial Services Committee. The panel thus far has blocked legislation to reauthorize the trade bank, which has been dormant since June 30, but Boehner said there was still time for it to act.

(Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) participates in a news conference following a closed Republican House caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


    Does this really surprise anyone? Just more inaction from the Repugs in Congress.

  • Independent1

    “There is no agreement on how to do this. There are discussions about
    how to do it, but there’s nothing else to report,” Boehner told a news

    More evidence that GOP politicians know virtually nothing about correct congressional protocol. Raising the debt ceiling, is essentially nothing more than someone who knows how to balance their checking account ensuring that they have enough money in their account to cover all the checks they wrote. (All raising a debt ceiling does is authorizes the Treasury to increase the spending balance in our Government’s Accounts Payable account enough to cover the bills that have come due resulting from previously enacted legislation.)

    The only reason Boehner should be saying what he’s saying about discussions being needed, is because apparently the GOP controlled House has been continuing to pass more unfunded legislation (they didn’t determine before enacting the legislation how it was going to be paid for). So now that an increase the monies has become necessary to cover the costs of legislation the House has already enacted has reached the amount of the last debt ceiling increase, the GOP has to now figure out where they’re going to get the monies to cover all those billions in subsidies they authorized to Big Oil and Big Pharma and Big Agribusines, which they apparently didn’t figure out before they gave all those billions away as freebies to giant corporations that didn’t really need the handouts.

    I doubt seriously that there’s one GOP legislator in the house that could pass Booking 101.

    • Bill

      Funny how they didn’t care how much they were spending when Bush was in Office.

  • Bill

    This just proves the GOP is unable to do anything.