Boehner Plan on Debt Limit Stalls Amid Shutdown Standoff

by Richard Rubin, Roxana Tiron & Kathleen Hunter, Bloomberg.com  |  published on September 27, 2013

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House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to avert a shutdown by shifting to a debt-ceiling fight ran into opposition from some Republicans in another setback for efforts to keep the U.S. government operating after Sept. 30.

As the Senate is set to vote today on a stopgap spending bill and send it back to the House, it’s uncertain if both chambers can strike a deal before funding authority expires.

The options are complicated after the Senate strips out the House’s plan to defund Obamacare. Boehner and House Republicans say they will offer other proposals before sending the measure back to the Senate, which could require another series of votes — as time runs out before an Oct. 1 shutdown.

Boehner said yesterday the House wouldn’t pass a “clean” spending bill after the Senate acts and then said he has “no interest in seeing a government shutdown.”

“There will be options available to us, there’s not going to be any speculation about what we’re going to do or not do, until the Senate passes their bill,” he said.

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