Minority Leader John Boehner (R., Ohio) said he’s been talking to the newly elected GOP lawmakers about the need to raise the federal debt ceiling when it comes up early next year

The Wall Street Journal

Boehner Warns GOP on Debt Ceiling
By Naftali Bendavid

Raising the debt ceiling is shaping up as a difficult early vote for the new House GOP majority. Many of the new Republican lawmakers harshly criticized their Democratic opponents during the campaign for voting to raise the limit in the past, citing it as an example of the Democrats’ recklessness with federal tax dollars.

But on Thursday, Minority Leader John Boehner (R., Ohio) said he’s been talking to the newly elected GOP lawmakers about the need to raise the federal debt ceiling when it comes up early next year.

“I’ve made it pretty clear to them that as we get into next year, it’s pretty clear that Congress is going to have to deal with this,” Mr. Boehner, who is slated to become House speaker in January, told reporters.

“We’re going to have to deal with it as adults,” he said, in what apparently are his most explicit comments to date. “Whether we like it or not, the federal government has obligations and we have obligations on our part.”

If an increase in the current debt limit of $14.3 trillion does not pass, it would suggest the country may not meet its obligations and would shake the financial system. It could rock the bond market, rattle the dollar and scare away foreign buyers of U.S. debt.

That puts the Republicans in a tough spot. The GOP will have a House majority of just over 50, and Democrats presumably wouldn’t vote to raise the debt limit, given the tenor of the recent campaign. With about 88 Republican newcomers, GOP leaders might have to persuade many of them to vote for the debt limit. And at least some have made it clear they’re not interested.

Republican leaders hope to circumvent the problem by packaging the debt increase with a plan to cut spending. “We’ll have a lot of time over the coming months to discuss that issue, and how we might move such an issue, but those conversations haven’t started yet,” Mr. Boehner said.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R., Texas), a senior member of the Republican leadership who coordinated the GOP House campaigns, suggested that it would be different when Republicans raise the debt limit than when Democrats did it.

“My sense is when you’re out spending wildly and then you’re willing to raise the debt limit, that’s a problem,” Mr. Sesssions said. “When you are [coming in] with a comprehensive plan, including a budget that clearly lays out priorities and expectations of performance, then say you have to deal with what is there—[that] is a very responsible position.” He added, “We have to have a discussion with our newest members than involves more of a plan…The United States must pay its bills.”

Mr. Sessions suggested Mr. Boehner would talk with President Barack Obama about an agreement that could include a debt limit hike packaged with a rollback of parts of Mr. Obama’s health plan. Mr. Sessions said the issue should not to be politicized, an exhortation likely to be met with skepticism by the Democrats who were targeted by GOP attacks on the issue. “It’s very important to understand that we have a responsibility not to create any issue that divides our country unnecessarily,” he said.

The challenge for Republicans is that many of their highest-profile newcomers are on the record strongly opposing a debt limit increase. Tea party protestors and activists will likely watch the vote as an indication of whether the new lawmakers are sticking by their principles or, as they see it, caving in to Washington ways.

The campaign of Rep.-elect Kristi Noem (R., S.D.) attacked Democratic Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin for voting to raise the debt limit. Rep.-elect Tim Scott (R., S.C.), who like Ms. Noem is joining the House Republican leadership, reiterated Friday that he wouldn’t vote to raise the ceiling.

In February, Republican Reid Ribble blasted Rep. Steve Kagen (D., Wis.), whom he defeated, for voting to increase the debt limit, calling it “unconscionable” and “insane.” He added, “Congressman Kagen is on notice that the people of northeastern Wisconsin are watching and we are outraged.”

Similarly, Rep.-elect Steve Stivers (R., Ohio) blasted Democratic Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy for voting to raise the debt ceiling. “That shows a reckless desire to spend money we don’t have, and borrow money we can’t afford to pay back,” he said.

Rep.-elect Lou Barletta (R., Pa.) cited the raising of the debt limit during the campaign in saying that “Congress and the president are spending our country into servitude.”

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Everyone wants to get back to limited government but no one is willilng to do the hard work. Shut down the darn government...it will give them ALL motivation to get off their collective arses and fix the budget...
John Boehner should begin his time as speaker of the house by creating a committee to study ALL the pork projects which is costing trillions of dollars and essentially wrecking the nation, and move to stop financing ALL pork in its entirety, everywhere across every square inch of America. 2. Boehner should begin also, at once, proceedings to impeach the bane of Arizona, President Hussein Obama, The Guy who stumbled on his oath of office and has about the same regard for the constitution as a bum has by tossing a cigarette butt from his car window. President Obama should be impeached now, not later and tossed out of office and given a one-way ticket to Kenya. This man (Oama) is destroying America. How much longer will Congress tary before the point of no return is visited?
No impeachment proceedings - if we start this I think it would do immense damage to the country. The House should refuse to fund those mandates that have passed but can't move ahead without government money. I just don't think we could take two years of arguments on impeachment, and even if he is impeached, so what? He's still the President until we vote him out in 2012.
Impeachment legitimatizes his Presidency, have the military file TREASON charges in him and remove him. That would be the best would it not?
Do you actually think that the Democratic Senate would vote to convict Obama on impeachment charges and remove him from office? Not a chance. The Republican House would serve us better by refusing to spend more than we take in, using rational methods to protect the country, quit funding our enemies, work for a balanced budget, etc. etc.
I'm not nuts, I'm just outnumbered in my great, broke State of California.
Boehner is not listening to the people. If he does this he will be voted out I guarentee it. He is turning into a Rino. Email, fax, call him let him know what we want and will not put up with.
Boehner needs his ass kicked in the middle of the damned street! We want the debt lowered, not raised again! Some one needs to lay a baseball bat along side of his head to reboot his brain!

We have too much debt courtesy of the Democrats and their butt buddies the R.I.N.O.' , it is simply time to inform the punk in Charge, we ain't playing his crap one cent more! It is time to defund about 700 agencies and programs, time to cut the damned government 75% and make any tax to be placed on a ballot and the people will vote for it or turn it down! It is time to make every one in the damned Congress read the job description as it was written in the CONSTITUTION and jail any of them who believe they can exceed what the people have allowed them to do! Some of them need a one way trip to the gallows since they are way beyond saving. John Boehner is one of them who needs to take that one way trip unless he wises his sorry butt up.
Sounds like business as usual. Who said that Boehner was automatically Speaker of the House. Maybe they should get someone else to fill that position
I think they just voted him in this week. And Pelosi as Minority Leader.
PFA had an initiative on our front page for 15 days asking everyone to encourage Bachmann to run against Boehner...and to fax Boehner and warn him...........how many did it? Of the 4600 member in PFA I would guess 300 at the most took action......therein lies the problem.
"Shut down the darn government"

Indeed; that worked so well for us last time around. Never forget that this a struggle not only against the progressives but the msm.
Jack, yes...shut it down if need be...do not raise the debt ceiling AGAIN! If the budget can be repaired without doing it, great if not, yes, shut it down. Continue with essential services, no pay for the Congress, no pay to foreign anything, ect....the last time you mention didn't work becuase the American people didn't get behind cutting anything, they were asleep in their easychairs....the special interests were the only ones to make out on that little stunt....



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