House Speaker John A. Boehner and other Republicans made it clear Sunday they expect compromises from Democrats on spending in exchange for raising the country's debt ceiling.
"We're not going to pass a clean debt-limit increase. I told the president there's no way we're going to pass one," Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said on ABC's "This Week." "The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit. And the president is risking default by not having a conversation with us."
Sen. Ted Cruz echoed the speaker's comments and pushed back at President Obama, who has dismissed demands for concessions as blackmail and insisted repeatedly that he will not negotiate with Republicans over the current government shutdown or the upcoming debt-ceiling vote.
"The debt ceiling historically has been among the best leverage that Congress has to rein in the executive," Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican, said on CNN's "State of the Union."
"Since 1978, we've raised the debt ceiling 55 times. A majority of those times — 28 times — Congress has attached very specific and stringent requirements," he said. "Many of the most significant spending restraints — things like Gramm-Rudman, things like sequestration — came through the debt ceiling. So the president's demand to jack up the nation's credit card, with no limits, no constraints, it's not reasonable to me."
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