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Reid Pushes Boehner to Pass Budget, Debt Ceiling Measures

By JM Rieger and Steven T. Dennis and Niels Lesniewski

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Senators want outgoing Speaker John A Boehner, no longer handcuffed by hardline conservatives in his House conference, to send the Senate as many treats as he can before retiring around Halloween — with a minimum of tricks. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., praised the prospect of negotiating a two-year top-line budget agreement, and his wish list for the retiring Ohio Republican includes an increase in the federal debt limit. “We have lots of things to do, and the debt ceiling is not going to be around forever. We’re running out of money,” Reid said. “I would hope that Boehner would make it easy on his people who are going to follow him and get it all done before he leaves.”

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