Boehner: No Idea When Government Shutdown Ends

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Speaker John Boehner expressed optimism on Wednesday about House action by year's end on stalled efforts to overhaul immigration as Republicans discussed possible limited steps to deal with the contentious issue. Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaker John Boehner expressed optimism on Wednesday about House action by year’s end on stalled efforts to overhaul immigration as Republicans discussed possible limited steps to deal with the contentious issue. Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner says he doesn’t know when the government shutdown will end and says it’s up to President Barack Obama to start negotiations.

The Ohio Republican said Sunday that he will not allow his GOP-led House to vote on a bill reopening the government without serious talks about spending. He also says he will not go forward with a bill increasing the government’s borrowing authority without a similar conversation.

The government partially shut down last week amid Washington gridlock and faces a make-or-break deadline later this month about the nation’s borrowing power. Republicans have refused to budge without concessions on Democrats’ health care law. Democrats have resisted GOP efforts to dismantle that health care law.

Boehner spoke to ABC’s “This Week.”

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