Congress has historically raised the debt ceiling with little fanfare and without tying it to trillions in spending cuts. But top GOP senators said Tuesday that they agree with Boehner that, because of the country's skyrocketing debt, deep cuts should be part of the discussion now. The nation's debt currently stands at $15.7 trillion.Read the rest at The Huffington Post
"I think that's the precedent that we set last time and I think that would be the minimum expectation," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Cornyn said he expected other Senate Republicans to endorse Boehner's call because they agree that the U.S. is spending too much borrowed money.
Senate Republicans Gird For Fresh Debt Ceiling Fight
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The White House signaled that President Barack Obama will have no part in another protracted fight over on the issue.
"The whole country experienced the downside of the kind of brinksmanship the Republicans were willing to engage in and the economy suffered accordingly," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said during Tuesday's briefing.
"The president is not going to do that again. It's not good for the economy, it's not good for the American people, and it's not necessary," Carney said. "The full faith and credit of the United States government should not be held hostage to the political ideology of one segment of one party."