Boehner offers debt extension; White House says likely OK

Speaker of the House John Boehner and fellow Republicans in a news conference Thursday where he announced a plan to raise the debt ceiling for six weeks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


Boehner offers debt extension; White House says likely OK

Facing a fresh deadline, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans would vote to extend the government's ability to borrow money for six weeks — but only if President Barack Obama first agrees to fresh negotiations on spending cuts. Under the Republican plan, the partial government shutdown would continue in the meantime.White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Obama "would likely sign" a clean bill increasing the debt cap but that the president also wants Republicans to reopen the …

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