Boehner sidesteps on shutdown talk

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House Republican leaders said Thursday, October 10, 2013, they will propose a temporary increase in the nation's borrowing limit -- a first step toward a potential compromise to end the political stalemate that has shut down parts of the government and threatens a U.S. default as soon as next week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Speaker John Boehner sidestepped a question Thursday about whether he could guarantee there will not be another government shutdown.

“The goal here is not to shut down the government. The goal is to stop these horrific practices of organizations selling baby parts, so that’s the goal here,” Boehner said at his weekly press conference, referring to a propose by Republicans to strip federal funds for Planned Parenthood as part of any funding bill.

The speaker said no decisions have been made yet about a spending bill and how to address a push by conservatives to remove the funding.

Boehner also dismissed a question about whether he was really in control of the House Republican conference after an internal battle over strategy on the Iran bill and other items.

“I have widespread support among my members,” he said.

The speaker noted that on Wednesday there was a “large standing ovation amongst our members about the fact that I have this job and what I have to put up with to keep it.”

While an effort one House conservative to oust him failed this summer, that move reignited questions about whether Boehner can hold onto his job in the face of constant blowback from a bloc of members on the right of his conference.

Boehner acknowledged the series of press reports suggesting his job is in jeopardy.

“Leadership comes with challenges. That’s how it’s been for me, that’s how it’s been for Republican and Democrat leaders long before me,” he said. “The real challenges are the ones the American people are facing every day — trying to get ahead and trying to take care of their own families. If we make that our focus, we can continue to get things done for the people that we serve.”

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