Some Republicans see even better odds of an agreement with the White House
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday informed fellow House Republicans that the chances of congressional leaders and President Obama reaching a tentative debt-ceiling deal within 48 hours is "maybe 50-50."
That prognosis from Boehner was described by several House Republicans as they left a morning briefing with the speaker -- and it was later confirmed by a GOP leadership aide. Boehner and other Republican and Democratic congressional leaders are set to continue negotiations at the White House Thursday on a deal to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.
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"I get the impression that it's better than 50-50," said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.). "It will be agreed upon in the next 48 hours, if not, it won't be for a long time."
In a separate interview, freshman Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) also said that he came away from the meeting believing a deal in the next 48 hours is "50-50."
But if not, he said, there was a sense relayed that negotiations could come unglued. "It will get done quickly, or not for a long time," said Long.
They and other Republicans, such as Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), said few specifics were unveiled to them during the conference meeting, although they said Boehner did reiterate that Republicans "aren't interested in raising taxes."