Republicans Will Make the First Move On the Debt Ceiling
Republican leaders announced Thursday morning that they would offer President Obama and congressional Democrats a short-term debt ceiling deal in return for a firm commitment to sit down and discuss issues like federal spending and the Affordable Care Act.
The announcement confirms reports from earlier this morning that the GOP leadership would offer a short-term, clean debt ceiling deal in return for such a commitment. It’s important to point out that the deal does not include anything about reopening the parts of the government that are currently shut down. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that he and other Republican leaders from the House would discuss a possible end to the shutdown when they meet with the president Thursday afternoon.
“I don’t want to put anything on the table, I don’t want to take anything off the table,” Boehner said.