Boehner says he never saw government shutting

STAMFORD, Conn.— U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has told Connecticut Republicans that he always believed the intense budget negotiations with Senate Democrats and the Obama administration would produce a deal avoiding a government shutdown.

Boehner, an Ohio Republican, told a crowd of about 550 Republicans at a Connecticut GOP fundraiser Saturday night that the goal was not to close the federal government, but cut spending.

Boehner says the next battle will be over raising the federal debt ceiling. He said there is no plan to deal with the debt.

In a last-minute deal Friday night, the House and Senate approved interim spending that avoids a government shutdown with an agreement to cut $38 billion.

The Connecticut fundraiser is named for the late Prescott Bush, a senator from Connecticut and grandfather of former President George W. Bush.

The Associated Press