Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks to reporters about the deadline to fund the government and the fight among House Republicans, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. House Republicans vowed Wednesday to pass legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown and avoid a default while simultaneously canceling out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, inaugurating a new round of political brinkmanship as critical deadlines approach. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:05 pm
Boehner: Obama bargains with Putin, not Congress
The Associated Press
The budget battle is heating up between House Republicans and the White House.
Boehner told reporters Thursday that Obama was happy to bargain with Putin. He was citing the recent compromise between the U.S. and Russia to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.
But Boehner says Obama won't engage with Congress over curbing the budget deficit.
Obama spokesman Jay Carney joked that Boehner seemed to be suffering from "Putin envy."
Boehner and other Republicans want to tie spending cuts to a bill renewing government authority to borrow money.
Obama is saying he won't negotiate over extending that debt limit and Congress must let the government borrow money to pay federal debts.