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Congress: 'Grow up'

In an interview with ABC yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner “said President Obama needs to ‘grow up’ in talks over deficit reduction.” On the topic of the president’s deficit-reduction commission (which, by the way, not a single House Republican on it voted for): “‘While I didn't agree with everything they did, there was a lot in their proposal that was worth of consideration. And what did the president do? He took exactly none of his own deficit reduction commission's ideas. Not one. Come on! It's time to grow up and get serious about the problems that face our country,’ Boehner said.”

At the same time he told Obama to "grow up," Boehner said he "won’t guarantee a vote on raising the debt limit, the latest threat in an increasingly high stakes game of chicken with the White House over whether Congress will inch closer to letting the nation default on its credit," Politico says.

“Boehner, in an interview with POLITICO here Monday, also demanded that President Barack Obama give in to Republican demands to slash spending and dramatically change ‘the way we spend the peoples’ money.’”

More debt-ceiling debate: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who’s up for reelection next year, is in his home state and this morning will speak out against raising the debt ceiling without a more long-term budget fix in place in what he’s calling “Commonsense Solutions Week.” He will talk about his support for the Corker-McCaskill CAP Act (which would cap the amount the federal government can spend as a percentage of GDP each year) and the Udall-Shelby balanced-budget amendment). But Manchin will also talk about protecting Social Security and Medicare.

He will hit President Obama for voting against a debt ceiling in 2006 but wanting to raise it now. And he will hit Congress and the president for not being able to “agree on a plan to reduce our federal debt.” He will also say, in part, per prepared remarks: “There are some in Washington who will say this position is irresponsible, that it jeopardizes our economy and our markets. Amazingly, Washington is the only place where agreeing to trillions of dollars of additional debt and avoiding difficult budget decisions is the ‘responsible’ thing to do. The truth is, raising the debt ceiling without a real budget fix would be the definition of irresponsibility.” 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the purpose of the Corker-McCaskill CAP Act as a cap on the amount of debt the U.S. can incur. It is actually a cap the amount the federal government can spend as a percentage of GDP each year.