A day after being narrowly reelected to his post, Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFeehery: The next Republican wave is coming Rift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE (R-Ohio) prepared the Republican rank-and-file for the next big battle over the debt ceiling.
In a closed-door conference meeting Friday morning, BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFeehery: The next Republican wave is coming Rift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE told House Republicans he would insist that an increase in the debt limit be accompanied by spending cuts and that the public was on the GOP’s side.
The Speaker cited a new poll conducted just before the New Year by the Winston Group, a Republican firm, which found that 72 percent of respondents “agree any increase in the nation's debt limit must be accompanied by spending cuts and reforms of a greater amount.”
Boehner first laid out that principle in a 2011 speech in New York, and he has said he will stick to it as Congress debates the debt ceiling in the next two months. The Treasury Department said the nation hit its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit in late December and estimates the next increase must occur before March.
President Obama has vowed not to negotiate over the debt ceiling again, setting up another confrontation in the weeks ahead.
Senate Republican leaders have also said any increase in borrowing authority must be packaged with spending cuts, and Texas Sen. John CornynJohn CornynMental health: The power of connecting requires the power of investing Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Cornyn says he 'would be surprised' if GOP tries to unseat Sinema in 2024 MORE, the second-ranking Republican, wrote in an op-ed Friday in the Houston Chronicle that it “may be necessary to partially shut down the government in order to secure the long-term fiscal well being of our country.”