Boehner: ‘We’re not going to default’ on debt

On the day of President Barack Obamas State of the Union address, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, meets with reporters at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014,  after a GOP strategy session. Eager not to be limited by the legislative gridlock that has plagued the divided Congress, Obama is expected to underscore a go-it-alone strategy where he could bypass lawmakers and use executive actions to achieve his policy proposals.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Show caption
On the day of President Barack Obamas State of the Union address, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, meets with reporters at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, after a GOP strategy session. Eager not to be limited by the legislative gridlock that has plagued the divided Congress, Obama is expected to underscore a go-it-alone strategy where he could bypass lawmakers and use executive actions to achieve his policy proposals. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner promises that the GOP-controlled House won’t miss a late-February deadline to increase the government’s borrowing cap.

The Ohio Republican said Thursday “we’re not going to default on our debt” and he held open the possibility that the House could consider a debt limit increase that’s “clean” of any GOP add-ons.

Boehner is struggling to win enough support among Republicans to pass a debt limit measure without help from Democrats and has discarded ideas like attaching a provision mandating Obama administration approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to the must-pass measure.

The government reaches its borrowing limit on Friday and Treasury secretary Jacob Lew is employing bookkeeping maneuvers to buy a few weeks’ time for Congress to act.