Boehner: House GOP Willing to Compromise on Debt

By STAFF | July 21, 2011 | 12:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says House Republicans are willing to compromise on a budget deal to increase the government's ability to borrow as long as the package does not include tax increases.

Boehner told reporters Thursday that most House Republicans want to find accommodation with Democrats on the budget package passed by the House Tuesday that would raise the debt ceiling only after Congress passes a balanced budget constitutional amendment.

The Senate is taking up the package Thursday. When asked whether House Republicans would refuse to compromise on the package, Boehner said, "I'm sure we've got some members who believe that, but I do not believe that would be anywhere close to the majority."

Boehner continued to draw the line on tax increases, saying he would not support them.