House Speaker Presses For Short-Term Debt Increase

WASHINGTON (October 10, 2013)—U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday Republicans will advance legislation to temporarily extend the government's ability to borrow to meet its obligations.

Boehner said the measure would advance if President Barack Obama agrees to negotiate over reopening the government and to "start to deal with America's pressing problems."

Mr. Obama has said consistently that Republicans must reopen the government and prevent the threat of a first-ever government default before he'll negotiate over the budget and other conditions Republicans have sought.

Boehner also said he would appoint House negotiators to try to sort out differences between vastly different House- and Senate-passed budget blueprints.

"It's time for leadership. It's time for these negotiations and this conversation to begin,” Boehner said Thursday.

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