Transcript: Republican House Speaker John Boehner & Eric Cantor’s press briefing remarks on the debt ceiling & government shutdown – Oct. 15, 2013

Partial transcript of Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Eric Cantor’s press briefing remarks on the debt ceiling and government shutdown on Oct. 15, 2013:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
Good morning, everyone. Our leadership team met with our members today, trying to find a way forward in a bipartisan way that we continue to provide fairness to the American people under Obamacare.

There are a lot of opinions about what direction to go. There’ve been no decisions about what exactly we will do. But we’re going to continue to work with our members on both sides of the aisle to try to make sure that there’s no issue of the vote and to get our government re-open.

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia):
Morning. We just talked to our members. I think it’s been very clear all along what we as Republicans in the House have wanted. One, we want the Democrats to sit down and talk to us so we could work out our differences, and we’ve been saying since Day 1 that we believe there should be no special treatments under the law and there should be fairness for all Americans, those elected and those unelected.

And I’m glad to see that Harry Reid finally has begun to sit down and talk with the Republican leader there and we encourage that. We also, though, as the House Republican conference think it’s very, very important for us to stress that whatever proposal we move forward will reflect our position on fairness – no special treatment for anybody under the law.

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