House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, is among GOP leaders insisting on binding changes in the short term to discretionary spending and in the long term to entitlement spending. The federal government hit its debt limit on May 16. (AP Photo)

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, is among GOP leaders insisting on binding changes in the short term to discretionary spending and in the long term to entitlement spending. The federal government hit its debt limit on May 16. (AP Photo)