Boehner considers alternatives to GOP debt plan

July 19, 2011 - 11:14 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he is considering alternative budget plans even as the House takes up a GOP proposal to cap spending and eventually require a balanced budget.

Speaking at a Tuesday press conference, Boehner said his preference is to pass the House GOP plan, which would increase the government's ability to borrow but only after Congress passes a balanced budget constitutional amendment.

The House is scheduled to vote on the plan Tuesday. But, Boehner said, "I do think it's responsible for us to look at what Plan B would look like."

Boehner said House Republican leaders spent much of Monday discussing other options, but no decisions were made. The House GOP plan before the House on Tuesday has little chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate.