Oct. 15 - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican leadership say no decisions had been made yet regarding a House plan to reopen the government and raise the debt limit. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday that no decisions had been made yet regarding House of Representatives legislation to reopen the government and raise the debt limit. "There are a lot of opinions about what direction to go. There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do. But we're going to continue to work with our members on both sides of the aisle, to try to make sure that there's no issue of default and to get our government reopened," Boehner told a news conference after meeting with House Republicans. "I have made clear for months and months that the idea of default is wrong, and we shouldn't get anywhere close to it." Earlier on Tuesday, Republican aids said that House Republicans hope to pass their own version of legislation to reopen the federal government, one that would differ from a plan now emerging from Senate negotiations. The news came shortly after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that "productive negotiations" were taking place with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and that he was confident Senate Democrats and Republicans could reach a comprehensive fiscal agreement this week that avoids a U.S. default on debt and other obligations. The federal government has been in partial shutdown since October 1 when Congress missed the deadline for funding it. Thursday is the deadline for raising the debt ceiling to extend the government's borrowing authority. The Republican plan would affect President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms which have been at the heart of the fiscal crisis.