House Speaker John Boehner predicted a “whale of a fight” over raising the nation’s debt ceiling this fall, despite Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s assertions that President Barack Obama wouldn’t negotiate on the point before a mid-October deadline.
Boehner visited Idaho on Monday, where he spoke at a fundraiser for Rep. Mike Simpson. He told the crowd there that the Republican-controlled House of Representatives would only agree to lift the debt ceiling without significant cuts and changes to Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, farm programs and government pensions.
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