Oct 10, 2013
At a press conference with Republican leaders today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) discussed the opportunity House Republicans will offer President Obama today to move a short-term increase in the debt limit – a good-faith offer on the part of Republicans to meet the president halfway. As Boehner noted, it is now up to President Obama to come to the table to negotiate long-term solutions to reduce our debt and deficits, fund the government, and provide fairness for all Americans under his health care law. Following are Boehner’s remarks:
“You know, the president is fond of saying that no one gets everything they want in a negotiation. And frankly, I agree with that. Nobody gets everything they want.
“But over the course of the last 10 days we’ve been trying to have conversations with our Democrat colleagues. They don’t want to talk. The president doesn’t want to talk. We tried to offer bills that would re-open parts of the government only to have them rejected by our counterparts over in the United States Senate.
“So what we want to do is to offer the president today the ability to move a temporary increase in the debt ceiling, an agreement to go to conference on the budget, for his willingness to sit down and discuss with us a way forward to re-open the government, and to start to deal with America’s pressing problems.
“Listen, it’s time for leadership. It's time for these negotiations and this conversation to begin. And I would hope that the president would look at this as an opportunity and a good-faith effort on our part to move halfway – halfway to what he’s demanded in order to have these conversations begin.”