Feb. 6 - House Speaker John Boehner says even Mother Teresa couldn't help pipeline legislation get passed, if it was connected to raising the debt ceiling. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Not even divine intervention can help break legislative gridlock, according to U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner. Responding to a reporter's question about an effort to pass legislature in support of the Keystone pipeline, Speaker Boehner said the pipeline legislation - though popular amongst Republicans - wouldn't get the necessary support to pass - if it was attached to another measure to raise the federal debt ceiling. "Well, you know Mother Teresa is a saint now, but if the Congress wanted to make her a saint, and attached that to the debt ceiling, we probably couldn't get 218 Republican votes," Boehner said. Efforts to raise the debt ceiling have been unpopular with Republicans. But despite the challenges, Boehner said the debt limit hike bill had to be passed by late February.