House Speaker John Boehner is proposing a short-term debt limit increase so Republicans and Democrats can debate budget matters. But the government shutdown would continue.
House Speaker John Boehner has spent much of his speakership placating tea party conservatives. Now, he should worry more about the 23 mainstream Republicans who hate debt-ceiling brinkmanship and government shutdown. They could join with Democrats to oust Boehner.
House Speaker John Boehner may be thinking of raising the debt ceiling with the help of some Democratic votes – via a bill that includes tweaks to Obamacare, a tax-reform plan, and some reductions in entitlements.
Warring factions among congressional Republicans like the latest idea for resolving the government shutdown: restore funding a few agencies at a time (but leave out Obamacare). Senate Democrats aren't going for it, though, and the public may not give the GOP any credit either.