Number of Republicans in the House that would have to agree to raise the debt ceiling: 17.
Currently, the House is comprised of 200 Democrats and 233 Republicans, 2 vacancies. Less than 10% of the House GOP would have to agree to raise the debt ceiling, regardless of the other fiscal negotiations.
Is it really that hard for Boehner to find 16 other House GOP to just raise the debt ceiling already? Have none of them learned anything from two years ago? Nay, from one month ago?
Hold a press conference of your own if you want, Boehner. Then vote on raising the debt ceiling. Then do some of the real work that actually needs to be done.
The longer this travesty is prolonged, the easier it is to see that anyone identifying themselves with the GOP are not qualified to be running any branch of our government, let alone one of the houses of Congress. And the sooner 2014 needs to arrive.