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Many Republicans Want Default Chaos To Force Through Major Cuts

Speaking on Laura Ingraham's radio show in the final week of debt ceiling negotiations in July 2011, Ohio Congressman and House Speaker John Boehner acknowledged that "a lot" of House Republicans "believe that if we get passed August the second and we have enough chaos, we could force the Senate and the White House to accept a balanced budget amendment." Boehner said that he felt such a strategy was ineffective and that failing to raise the limit before August 2nd would be devastating.
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