Boehner: U.S. Republicans will not pass 'clean' debt-limit increase


By Caren Bohan

WASHINGTON, Oct 6 (Reuters) - U.S. House of RepresentativesSpeaker John Boehner said on Sunday that there is "no way"Republican lawmakers will agree to a measure to raise thenation's debt ceiling unless it includes conditions to rein indeficit spending.

Pressed on the ABC news program "This Week" on whether theRepublican-led House would pass a "clean" debt ceiling increasethat included no conditions, Boehner replied: "I told thepresident, there's no way we're going to pass one."

"We're not going down that path," he added. "It is time todeal with America's problems. How can you raise the debt limitand do nothing about the underlying problem?"

As the country moved into the sixth day of a governmentshutdown, Boehner was equally adamant that Republicans woulddemand concessions for any bill to reopen the government.

Republicans want changes to President Barack Obama'ssignature healthcare law known as Obamacare as a condition forbacking a measure to fund government agencies.

Obama and the Democratic-led Senate have rejected thatdemand.

Obama has also said it is the responsibility of Congress toraise the debt limit by an Oct. 17 deadline when the governmentwill begin running short of the funds needed to pay its bills.

He has said he will not negotiate with Republicans over thatissue.

On the impasse over the government shutdown, Boehner saidthere had "absolutely not" been any changes in the Republicanposition on the bill to fund the government.

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