House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said today that he wasn't yet ready to discuss the possibilities of a modified version of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposal being adopted as part of a deal to raise the debt limit.
McConnell proposed a complicated plan to allow President Obama to raise the debt limit without Republicans having to directly vote on it, and yesterday Boehner said it should be left on the table because it "might look pretty good in a few weeks."
Asked this morning about a modified version of the plan that would be coupled with $1.5 trillion in spending cuts, Boehner replied, “I am not prepared at this point to pick winners or losers. Sen. McConnell said that his plan being put on the table was a last ditch effort. We’re far from the time for a last ditch effort.”
During the same press conference, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor pushed back against the idea that Republicans hadn't given ground in the debt limit talks.
He noted that House Republicans had passed Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, which cut spending by $6.2 trillion, but Democrats are offering a mere $1.5 trillion in cuts "at best."