Another Debt-Ceiling Brawl Looms and the Nation Burns in Deficit Hell
House Speaker John Boehner has teed up another debt-ceiling brawl, announcing that Republicans will insist on the same kinds of demands that Democrats claim brought the country close to its first-ever default last summer.
The speaker, in an address in Washington Tuesday afternoon, said that when it comes time to vote on a debt-ceiling increase, he’ll once again call for “cuts and reforms” greater than the amount of that increase.
“It’s the right thing to do,” Boehner said. “This is the only avenue I see right now to force the elected leadership of this country to solve our structural fiscal imbalance.”
That fight could happen by early 2013, potentially during a frantic post-election lame-duck session of Congress.