Boehner: US House Republicans to advance 'clean' debt limit
WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday caved in to demands by President Barack Obama and agreed to advance legislation raising Washington's borrowing authority without conditions.
House Speaker John Boehner, announcing to reporters the plan to advance a "clean" debt limit bill to the House floor on Wednesday, said: "we'll let the Democrats put the votes up. We'll (Republicans) put a minimum number of votes up to get it passed."
U.S. House of Representatives Democrats are ready to "be responsible" if Republicans bring a clean debt ceiling bill to House floor, the chairman of the Democratic caucus, Xavier Becerra, said on Tuesday.
Democrat Representative Joseph Crowley said there will be "broad support" in the caucus for a clean debt ceiling measure, but added that because Democrats are in the minority, the bill would still need bipartisan support to pass.
Both spoke to reporters after Republican House Speaker John Boehner said it would be up to the Democrats to pass the debt limit increase.
Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Tuesday he will vote for the majority Republicans' clean debt ceiling increase and expects 180 fellow Democrats to do the same.
"We need to act quickly," Hoyer said.