Washington D.C. - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went ballistic on House Speaker John Boehner for his requirement that would tie the debt ceiling to trillions of dollars in spending cuts.
Pelosi told reporters,
"They did it before. Here we go again. To toss this into the mix right now, saying we have to have cuts that exceed... the extent that we lift the debt ceiling is really immature. Irresponsible. Let's get serious,"
Pelosi said that even suggesting there may be a fight over raising the ceiling was irresponsible. She said,
"So this is not a wholesome debate. It already can be damaging, just the fact that it's brought up. I think that we should snuff it out immediately."
"The only ones who are talking about drama or brinksmanship are my Democratic colleagues across the aisle. We can use the debt limit debate to force Washington to act, to cut spending and enact some of the real reforms that will help put America on a path to prosperity. The White House wants to raise the debt limit without a single dime of spending cuts or reforms. Listen, with nearly $16 trillion in debt already, it's not credible. We need a president who will show up and work with us, both Democrats and Republicans, to address these pressing concerns."