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Boehner says no 'lines in the sand' on debt limit

By Stephen Ohlemacher

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 05:29 a.m. HST, Oct 08, 2013


WASHINGTON » House Speaker John Boehner says he is willing to negotiate budget issues with President Barack Obama without any conditions.

The Ohio Republican told reporters today, quote, "I'm not drawing any lines in the sand."

Boehner spoke as the government's partial shutdown entered the eighth day. An even bigger financial crisis looms next week when the government reaches the limit of its authority to borrow money.

Republicans have said they want changes to Obama's signature health care law in exchange for reopening the government. They have said they want spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt limit.

Obama says he won't negotiate over reopening the government or raising the debt limit.

Boehner said, quote, "All we're asking for is to sit down and have this conversation."







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Grimbold wrote:
Boehners nose is so bumby , full of stuff that needs to be erupted out.
on October 8,2013 | 05:37AM
EightOEight wrote:
Alcohol and stress mess up the epidermis.
on October 8,2013 | 08:57AM
DiverDave wrote:
Obama is soo funny. What a spend thrift! He was heard saying to Boehner at the White House: "Just give me a fresh credit card with no limit, and then we can talk about my crazy out of control spending! What's another 3 Trillion on top of the 7 trillion I've already spent? You're not being reasonable Boehner!" LOL
on October 8,2013 | 09:20AM
Maipono wrote:
"All we're asking for is to sit down and have this conversation." Now all the president has to do is, be a leader and sit down with the speaker and stop campaigning and golfing.
on October 8,2013 | 05:47AM
hanalei395 wrote:
A "conversation" of a Obamacare shutdown in exchange for the ending of the government shutdown.
on October 8,2013 | 06:15AM
eoe wrote:
And all you need to do is turn off Fox and Rush, and maybe you would have a clue what is happening in the real world.
on October 8,2013 | 06:37AM
Pacej001 wrote:
And that would be?
on October 8,2013 | 07:25AM
serious wrote:
I have the answer----Obama's going to be on national TV---heck, I didn't know he was off. Watch his lips--let me make this perfectly clear--the Republicans are wrong and I am right!! It's called transparency!!!
on October 8,2013 | 08:00AM
Maipono wrote:
eoe, I see your point, the mainstream media has been busy doing their job asking the president all the hard questions, like what he had for lunch yesterday and what is his favorite color and other important questions. You really should watch other channels sometime.
on October 8,2013 | 08:27AM
eoe wrote:
I don't watch TV.
on October 8,2013 | 08:40AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Haha, behold, the sound of sore losing. What Boehner needs to do is get the stones to stand up to his Tea Baggers, who represent a small fraction of the American electorate but are holding the vast majority hostage. Obamacare is already happening- get over it and move forward with the business of the country.
on October 8,2013 | 08:17AM
CriticalReader wrote:
"Now all the president has to do is, be a leader and sit down with the speaker and stop campaigning and golfing." Sometimes leadership is standing firm. But ALWAYS, leadership is fighting against those who would harm innocents. The Tea Party, and therefore the GOP has demonstrated the worst side of humanity by openly threatening, and the perpetrating harm on innocents. They must be stopped so that they do not do it again.
on October 8,2013 | 08:43AM
bsdetection wrote:
This is nothing more than an attempt by the neo-confederate party to nullify the government and the democratic process. If someone said they were going to burn down your house, would you feel compelled to negotiate ("couldn't you just burn down half of it?")? Thirty people who reject the democratic process (along with science, facts, and economics) shouldn't be allowed to hold the US and world economies hostage just because the Koch brothers who pull their strings say so.
on October 8,2013 | 08:51AM
Maipono wrote:
Must be nice having "science, facts, and economics" on your side, maybe the opposing voices should just fold up their tents and go away. Right?
on October 8,2013 | 09:19AM
Ronin006 wrote:
This comment was sent for approval: “Obama and Reid are saying they are willing to sit down with Republicans to discuss Republican concerns, but only if Republicans pass the continuing resolution now with no pre-conditions or strings attached. Anyone who falls for that line is nuts. History has shown that Democrats repeatedly have reneged on such promises so why should they be believed now? Republicans need to stick to their guns to get the spending cuts and other concessions desperately needed to help solve the country’s fiscal crisis as pre-conditions for passing the budget and dept-ceiling bills.” What did I say to offend the SA?
on October 8,2013 | 09:07AM
Venus1 wrote:
Take back the House 2014... For a start!
on October 8,2013 | 05:48AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The Republican government shutdown, .... that's a start.
on October 8,2013 | 06:46AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Boehner: "I'm not drawing any lines in the sand". .................. Anymore. Boehner blinked.
on October 8,2013 | 05:51AM
kahuku01 wrote:
House Speaker Boehner's position has gone to his head. He acts as if he's the president of the United States. Never in the political arena have I witness a bonehead like Boehner...acting as if the president should beg and agree to his terms. Who's the leader of the USA, Boehner or Obama? Boehner would have been fired if this whole shutdown was associated with a private company. Ohio residents, please remember not to vote for this egotistic individual again.
on October 8,2013 | 05:59AM
honokai wrote:
Pro Tip: Boehner and his supporters are not reading your rant. And if they do, they are more convinced that they are right and you are wrong. Hateful attacks get us no where.
on October 8,2013 | 06:52AM
localguy wrote:
Maybe not but you sure feel better after you are done. Admit it you have done this too. We all do in our own way.
on October 8,2013 | 07:09AM
lee1957 wrote:
"Who is the leader of the USA?" Enquiring minds want to know.
on October 8,2013 | 07:22AM
boshio wrote:
Isn't it the tea party and NRA groups? Combined they have more money coming in to waste than the gov. Money to rule.....
on October 8,2013 | 07:37AM
IAmSane wrote:
His name is Goldman Sachs.
on October 8,2013 | 09:08AM
Kailuaraised wrote:
It's called checks and balances. While I don't fully agree with Boehner's position, his power in the house exists for a reason. Obama is showing his failure as a leader.
on October 8,2013 | 07:51AM
NoFire wrote:
Lets all sit down and also negotiate term limits, congressional salaries, pensions, and medical benefits too as long as we are opening up things again!
on October 8,2013 | 06:09AM
boshio wrote:
and no more taxes until we have a new congress.
on October 8,2013 | 07:34AM
loio wrote:
worst ... president ... ever
on October 8,2013 | 06:57AM
hanalei395 wrote:
OK, loio now feels better.
on October 8,2013 | 07:42AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Must be lonely- most his penpals are in the Deep South
on October 8,2013 | 08:32AM
kahuku01 wrote:
loio: Yeah right! Who got the US in a (personal reason) war in Iraq? Was any weapons for mass destruction ever found in Iraq..that led to the most expensive war and unnecessary lost of our veterans lives? Obama had to come in and clean up all of Bush's wrong doing and spending. Clearly, worst president and lame duck....Bush!
on October 8,2013 | 11:49AM
lokela wrote:
Sit down and only talk. Waste time and money again. These guys think it's a joke playing around with people's livelihoods. Time for an overhaul of these people and put them in the unemployment lines.
on October 8,2013 | 07:02AM
localguy wrote:
Finally Boenher is admitting what we all knew, he is utterly incompetent. A man has got to know his limitations. Now we can get something done in time to avoid looking like a 4th world country. Where was this relief before the government shut down. Git'r done!!!
on October 8,2013 | 07:08AM
boshio wrote:
Seriously folks, we all need to stop voting for these radical extremist on both sides. Ridiculous.
on October 8,2013 | 07:39AM
hanalei395 wrote:
To Republicans .........President Obama, a radical extremist.
on October 8,2013 | 08:07AM
Kailuaraised wrote:
Obama and Reid are showing their true colors. No negotiating, no compromises, nothing.
on October 8,2013 | 07:53AM
EightOEight wrote:
Why do you Tpublicans keep misrepresenting the President's and Senate Majority Leader's position? They said there will be no negotiating to defund the ACA or negotiating of spending cuts in order to raise the debt ceiling to pay for expenses that were approved by Congress and already incurred. That's it! They will not, and should not, give in to extortion.
on October 8,2013 | 08:43AM
Anonymous wrote:
So the republicans should just sign off on a budget that will bankrupt the country? The process is in place for a reason. The president doesn't have unlimited powers to spend freely. The president needs to realize that he doesn't get to make any decision he wants.
on October 8,2013 | 10:52AM
EightOEight wrote:
THE DEBT CEILING IS NOT PART OF THE BUDGET PROCESS!!!
on October 8,2013 | 11:03AM
Kailuaraised wrote:
No it's not. But right now, the house which is run by republicans have a bargaining chip to force cuts to spending. It doesn't matter if the debt ceiling is part of it. They want to force the dems to give in on excessive spending.
on October 8,2013 | 12:16PM
EightOEight wrote:
Ok, I guess you Tpulicans feel it's worth losing elections next year. I thank you in advance.
on October 8,2013 | 12:22PM
Ekahizalpha wrote:
OK, so let's raise our debt limit and our borrowing limit (including the amount of interest on what we borrow) without a discussion on spending cuts. That so makes sense. That's how we run our own household, right? NOT.
on October 8,2013 | 08:02AM
EightOEight wrote:
The debt ceiling is raised when necessary to pay for expenses already approved by Congress (you know, that thing that includes Tpublicans?) to pay for debts already incurred. The budget process is when things like tax reform, raising taxes or cutting spending are discussed. The Tpublicans were invited 18 times earlier this year by the Dems to go to budget conference, and the Tpublicans said no...because the TPers wanted a government shutdown. You cannot compare a federal budget to a business or personal budget.
on October 8,2013 | 08:55AM
Ekahizalpha wrote:
maybe we should. i know it sounds too simple and makes too much sense. really? we'll never pay down our debt if we don't cut down on spending.
on October 8,2013 | 12:30PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
John says "May I go out to play?". Barry says "No".
on October 8,2013 | 08:58AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Obama and Reid are saying they are willing to sit down with Republicans to discuss Republican concerns, but only if Republicans pass the continuing resolution now with no pre-conditions or strings attached. Anyone who falls for that line is nuts. History has shown that Democrats repeatedly have reneged on such promises so why should they be believed now? Republicans need to stick to their guns to get the spending cuts and other concessions desperately needed to help solve the country’s fiscal crisis as pre-conditions for passing the budget and dept-ceiling bills.
on October 8,2013 | 09:06AM
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