Using reconciliation would change the vote threshold for the debt ceiling vote from 60 votes to simple majority and give the Senate minority less negotiating leverage on any deal.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanFox News host promoted by Trump calls on Paul Ryan to step down Dan Rather: Failure to repeal ObamaCare most 'staggering loss' so early in a term Sunday shows preview: Aftermath of failed healthcare bill MORE (R-Wis.) and Vice Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), however, have said that it could make sense to use the budget conference to do a big deficit deal and raise the debt ceiling at the same time.
BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill MORE revealed Thursday that he has assured Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Memo: Winners and losers from the battle over health care GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE (R-Ky.) that it would be very unlikely that the debt ceiling vote would be wrapped into the budget conference process.
But he said it is slightly possible.
“As I frankly told Senator McConnell, I’m 99.99 percent sure that that’s not likely to happen. But you never know. A needle could fall out of the haystack,” Boehner said.
"It certainly doesn’t seem likely to me that that would ever be the case, and it would never be the case unless there was a broad agreement that would put us on a plan to balance the budget over the next 10 years,” Boehner said.
He said he realizes that some members want this off the table.
"I don’t know what I would want to disarm myself of options that may be available," he said.