House Speaker John Boehner says he doesn't know when the government shutdown will end and says it's up to President Barack Obama to start negotiations.
The Ohio Republican said Sunday that he will not allow his GOP-led House to vote on a bill reopening the government without serious talks about spending. He also says he will not go forward with a bill increasing the government's borrowing authority without a similar conversation.
The government partially shut down last week amid Washington gridlock and faces a make-or-break deadline later this month about the nation's borrowing power. Republicans have refused to budge without concessions on Democrats' health care law. Democrats have resisted GOP efforts to dismantle that health care law.
Ted Cruz says legislation raising the debt ceiling is among the best leverage that Congress has to rein in the White House and should include changes to the nation's new health insurance system.
The Texas Republican said Sunday in addition to what he calls "Obamacare,'' Republicans should also look for a "significant'' plan to reduce new spending and avoiding new taxes.
He points out that past debt ceiling authorizations included changes to the banking system and mandatory budget cuts.
Congress faces an Oct. 17 deadline to avoid a first-ever default on its financial obligations.
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