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Boehner: House is ‘not going to pass’ a clean debt limit increase

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that the House will not pass a clean increase of the nation's debt limit later this month, and reiterated his call for President Obama to negotiate over the matter.

"We're not going to pass a clean debt limit increase," Boehner said on ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos."

Boehner said he does not "want the United States to default on its debt. But I'm not going to raise the debt limit without a serious conversation about dealing with problems that are driving the debt up. It would be irresponsible of me to do this."

The nation will hit its borrowing authority limit on Oct. 17, according to the Treasury. President Obama has called on lawmakers to pass a clean increase and has said he won't negotiate the matter. Boehner sought to blame Obama for putting the nation's standing at risk.

"The nation's credit is at risk because of the administration's refusal to sit down and have a conversation," Boehner said.

Boehner also reiterated that the House will not pass a clean stopgap spending bill to fund the government. The federal government shut down at midnight last Monday because lawmakers failed to reach a deal.

"There are not the votes in the House to pass a clean CR," Boehner said.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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