Mr. Wolf asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 10 years ago

How can John Boehner, Speaker of the House, say passing debt ceiling legislation is President Obama's problem?

If debt ceiling legislation doesn't get passed it will be John Boehner the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Harry Reid Senate Majority Leader, and the other leaders of the legislative branch’s fault not President Obama’s.

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  • meg
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    He is admitting that he can not get yes votes of all the house Republicans on any bill that will pass in the senate, but Obama may be able to get the votes of the democrats and enough republicans to pass a bill in the house that will also pass in the senate. There are a lot of house republican that depend on the support the people that owns the bonds that will not be paid and will not be happy if the government default .

  • 10 years ago

    There's no law saying there has to be a debt ceiling or that a deal must be passed. Obama and the democrats can either give into republican demands or there won't be a debt ceiling increase. Simple as that. It's up to Obama to get his side to get some common sense and realize what the people want. We spoke last November and it's Obama and the democrat controlled Senate's turn to listen.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Because if obama doesn't agree to massive spending cuts without net tax increases the Reps will just pull an obama and go play golf...the tax revenue is more than enough to cover our debt payments and entitlements aren't encumbered by the debt ceiling, so obama will have to choose which parts of the govt to shutdown in order to stop the massive overspending.

    Source(s): B.S. Econ/Polysci (Cornell '08)
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Legislation has to be signed by the President before it becomes a law. One would think you would know that. Furethermore, legislation must be passed by the Senate after it is passed by the House; otherwise it does not become a law. These are fairly elementary points.

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  • 10 years ago

    99.9% of what Boehner says is politically motivated. For Boehner, the Republican Party is more important than the United States of America.

  • Jim R
    Lv 5
    10 years ago

    How can The President say he wants to reduce the deficit, and want to raise taxes at the same time? To say he wants a Four Trillion Dollar cut in the deficit and in the next sentence require a One Trillion Dollar Tax increase? That onus is on him.

  • 10 years ago

    if debt ceiling legislation does get passed, all taxpayers need to vote out anyone involved when the next election comes around

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Grover Norquist is calling the tune for 300 million people.. pretty crazy if you ask me bro.. that one un-elected man is more powerful than the president of the United States.

  • 10 years ago

    John Boehner did not say that.

    He said, debt ceiling is Obama's problem — and it is. Not passing the increase of it, which is something Congress can do, if it chooses to.

    But, I guess, the nuance is too much for the Illiberals...

  • 10 years ago

    Hey, I'm just glad you're giving Dems an equal part of the blame...

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