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Boehner: US House Republicans to advance 'clean' debt limit

Posted: February 11, 2014 - 12:20pm

U.S. Senator Cruz: Debt limit rise should be tied to budget cuts


WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite who is influential with some House of Representatives conservatives, said on Monday it would be "irresponsible" for Congress to grant President Barack Obama a debt limit increase without also insisting on spending cuts.


Cruz, who spoke to reporters after remarks at the Heritage Foundation think tank, said he hoped House Republicans would not "go down that road" of agreeing to an increase in the government's borrowing authority without demanding measures to rein in long-term deficits.

WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday caved in to demands by President Barack Obama and agreed to advance legislation raising Washington's borrowing authority without conditions.

House Speaker John Boehner, announcing to reporters the plan to advance a "clean" debt limit bill to the House floor on Wednesday, said: "we'll let the Democrats put the votes up. We'll (Republicans) put a minimum number of votes up to get it passed."


U.S. House of Representatives Democrats are ready to "be responsible" if Republicans bring a clean debt ceiling bill to House floor, the chairman of the Democratic caucus, Xavier Becerra, said on Tuesday.

Democrat Representative Joseph Crowley said there will be "broad support" in the caucus for a clean debt ceiling measure, but added that because Democrats are in the minority, the bill would still need bipartisan support to pass.

Both spoke to reporters after Republican House Speaker John Boehner said it would be up to the Democrats to pass the debt limit increase.


Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Tuesday he will vote for the majority Republicans' clean debt ceiling increase and expects 180 fellow Democrats to do the same.

"We need to act quickly," Hoyer said.


U.S. House to vote on debt limit increase Tuesday evening


WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote on a "clean" increase in the federal debt limit on Tuesday evening instead of Wednesday because of winter storm concerns, a House Republican aide said.


The accelerated vote schedule will allow lawmakers to depart Washington before the heaviest part of a forecast snow and ice storm hits much of the South and the East Coast.


House Democrats are due to start a three-day retreat in Cambridge, Maryland, late on Wednesday. The House is on recess next week for the Presidents Day holiday.