Speaker John Boehner
The United States moved closer to the possibility of the first-ever default on the government’s debt Sunday as Speaker John Boehner adamantly ruled out a House vote on a straightforward bill to boost the borrowing authority without concessions from President Barack Obama.
Divided on immigration, House Republicans bluntly challenged President Barack Obama’s willingness to secure the nation’s borders on Wednesday, and appeared unimpressed by George W. Bush’s advice to carry a “benevolent spirit” into a debate that includes a possible path to citizenship for millions.
Former President George W. Bush believes the latest immigration reform legislation has a chance to get through Congress.
Speaker John Boehner says the GOP-controlled House will “do its job” and pass legislation to lift the nation’s borrowing cap and keep the government running, but will insist that Democrats accept new spending controls.
Conservatives and watchdog groups are mounting a “not-so-fast” campaign against a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming week.