Boehner has made it clear that he's eager to avoid a first-ever default on U.S. obligations â¿¿ even if some Republicans aren't afraid of the idea.In one sign of flexibility, a Boehner spokesman says that though there is the so-called Boehner Rule requiring $1 in spending cuts for every $1 in increased authority to issue government debt, the speaker is willing to apply it more leniently to include savings from "reforms" to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security that accrue over the long term.
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