On Sean Hannity’s radio show, Speaker John Boehner (R.) defended his debt-limit proposal against the conservative critique Hannity articulated.
“It’s the best shot that we’ve got,” Boehner said. “We need a bill that can pass not only in the House but also in the Democrat-controlled Senate.” By putting it on the president’s desk, Republicans can call Obama on his bluff, Boehner maintained.
Hannity asked the speaker whether the commission his proposal would create could suggest tax increases to the Congress.
“Maybe,” Boehner conceded. “But I don’t think so. It’s going to require seven votes and I don’t see any Republicans [on the commission] voting to increase taxes.”
Later, Boehner argued that a balanced-budget amendment’s chances for passage in this Congress were nil. “If it thought there was a way to enact a balanced-budget amendment . . . I’d be right there with them,” he said. “What I’m trying to do is avoid default and do what is doable.”