WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is criticizing President Barack Obama for negotiating with Russian President Vladimir Putin — but not with Congress.
The budget battle is heating up between House Republicans and the White House.
Boehner told reporters Thursday that Obama was happy to bargain with Putin. He was citing the recent compromise between the U.S. and Russia to eliminating Syria's chemical weapons.
But Boehner says Obama won't engage with Congress over curbing the budget deficit.
Boehner and other Republicans want to tie spending cuts to a bill renewing government authority to borrow money.
Obama is saying he won't negotiate over extending that debt limit. He says responsibility rests with Congress to let the government borrow money to pay federal debts.
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