Boehner To Obama: ‘All He Has To Do Is Call’

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Boehner To Obama: ‘All He Has To Do Is Call’

  • DANCING ON THE EDGE OF DEFAULT: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said repeatedly in an interview yesterday with ABC’s GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS that he does not intend to have the nation default on its debt. But he declined to guarantee that he’d bring a debt-limit bill to the floor of the House without concessions from Democrats. “The nation’s credit is at risk because of the administration’s refusal to sit down and have a conversation,” he said. “The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit. And the president is risking default by not having a conversation with us…. We’re not going down that path. It is time to deal with America’s problems. How can you raise the debt limit and do nothing about the underlying problem? ” Asked by Stephanopoulos whether that no negotiations means the country will default on its debt, Boehner responded: “That’s the path we’re on. Listen, the president canceled his trip to Asia. I assumed, well, maybe he wants to have a conversation. I decided to stay here in Washington this weekend. He knows what my phone number is. All he has to do is call.” http://abcn.ws/19rVocU
  • THE NOTE’S SHUTDOWN SONG OF THE DAY: House Speaker John Boehner’s seemed to be channeling singer-songwriter James Taylor when he told ABC’s GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOSyesterday that he was “willing to sit down and have a conversation with the president” and “all he has to do is call.” Has the Speaker been listening to Taylor’s 1970′s-era hit, “You’ve Got A Friend”? “You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am / I’ll come running to see you again. / Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, / you’ve got a friend.” http://youtu.be/Q7RPCFfudmU
  • BOEHNER — NO ‘CLEAN’ VOTES ON REOPENING GOVERNMENT WITHOUT NEGOTIATIONS: Speaker Boehner yesterday flatly refused to schedule votes for full government funding or to raise the debt ceiling without concessions from Democrats, asserting that the House couldn’t and shouldn’t take either step without addressing problems with the new health care law and the nation’s debt crisis, ABC’s RICK KLEIN reports. Boehner said he does not know how and when the current standoffs will end. But he made clear that, in his view, President Obama and Democrats in Congress are to blame for both the government shutdown and the possibility that the United States will default on its debt. The speaker reiterated his demand for negotiations with the president to find a path forward on both fronts.  ”The American people expect in Washington when we have a crisis like this that the leaders will sit down and have a conversation. And I told my members the other day that there may be a back room somewhere, but there’s nobody in it,” said Boehner, R-Ohio. “We’re interested in having a conversation about how we open the government and how we begin to pay our bills. But it begins with a simple conversation.” http://abcn.ws/19rVocU

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