Boehner has said there will be no debate on the debt ceiling ... the Rs will agree to raise the debt ceiling. He will assure there is a vote even if a majority of Rs do not agree with raising the debt ceiling.
He presents this as a separate issue from the govt shut-down issue.
However, I am not clear on exactly what the Rs will agree to. My understanding (definitely subject to correction) was that Obama wanted a blank check on how high the debt ceiling could go so that we would not have this discussion again next year.
I don't like the blank check idea at all. I think we SHOULD think about the debt ceiling every time we exceed our credit limits. Is the blank check needed because it is becoming more evident that O-care is going to cost a whole lot more than anybody anticipated?