Reporting from Washington — House Speaker John A. Boehner said he was still trying to unveil a bipartisan debt-limit deal Sunday afternoon, but acknowledged he didn't have Democrats onboard with a two-step proposal he has offered.
“We’re not there yet,” the Republican said in a morning interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
Boehner and Democrats in Congress are stuck on the structure of the deficit-reduction plan needed to persuade rank-and-file Republicans to raise the debt limit.
If the limit isn’t raised by Aug. 2 the government will not be able to pay its bills. Boehner said Saturday that he wanted to announce a breakthrough in talks before the financial markets opened in Asia on Sunday.
As talks with congressional Democrats appeared stalled, both Boehner and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner appeared to open the door to resuming direct discussions with the White House. The speaker pulled out of those talks on Friday. Asked if the so-called grand bargain on debt reduction and the debt ceiling sought by President Obama was dead, Boehner said, “It may be pretty hard to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. My last offer is still out there.”