U.S. Republicans consider their list of demands on debt limit

Boehner stands with fellow Republican House leadsrs and addresses reporters in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans are showing little stomach for another bruising fight over the U.S. debt limit next month, but they do want to extract some concessions in exchange for expanding the Treasury’s borrowing authority. A senior Republican aide said that the party’s leaders in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives are in “listening mode” and seeking ideas from rank-and-file lawmakers. The options range from demands for expanded offshore energy production to small tweaks in President Barack Obama’s healthcare law to approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. “If the president is asking for a blank check, we’re not going to do that,” said Representative Luke Messer, an Indiana Republican who serves on the House Budget Committee.

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