Has Speaker John Boehner summoned up some courage?


House Speaker John Boehner told fellow Republican legislators that he’d be willing to rely on Democrats to help raise the federal government‘s debt limit, according to a House Republican who attended a private meeting where Boehner was present.

The debt ceiling is the next fiscal fight looming for Democrats and Republicans, who held their ground on the third day of a federal government shutdown tied to Congress‘ inability to agree on a spending plan.

Officials say the federal debt ceiling needs to be increased by October 17 to avoid having the United States default on its obligations.

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