Boehner: ‘I’m Not Drawing Any Lines in the Sand’

By Melanie Arter | October 8, 2013 | 11:10 AM EDT

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( – At a House Republican press conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday he’s not “drawing any lines in the sand” when it comes to debt reduction.

“The last time the president and I sat down it was actually $2.4 trillion worth of reductions over 10 years. I want to have a conversation. I’m not drawing any lines in the sand. It’s time for us to just sit down and resolve our differences,” Boehner said in response to a reporter’s question about whether there was a particular dollar amount Boehner was hoping for as far as debt reduction negotiations.

Republicans want the administration to make concessions, however, on Obamacare – specifically a one-year delay of the health care law.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Tuesday that Americans should not be penalized for not signing up using “a broken website,” referring to, the official website for the health insurance marketplace.

The White House said Monday that it is fixing glitches on the website by “adding server capacity” and changes to the software. As reported Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the administration would report monthly on how many people have signed up for Obamacare.

Never in history has there has been a president that refused to negotiate over the debt ceiling, Boehner said.

“Listen there’s never been a president in our history that did not negotiate over the debt limit. Never! Not once,” Boehner said. “Matter of fact, President Obama negotiated with me over the debt limit in 2011. He also negotiated with the Blue Dog Democrats to raise the debt ceiling in 2010.”

He said Americans expect Republicans and Democrats to work out their differences, “but refusing to negotiate is an untenable position.”

“And frankly, by refusing to negotiate, Harry Reid and the president are putting our country on a pretty dangerous path,” Boehner added.