Boehner breaks off debt limit talks with Obama

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Posted: Jul 22, 2011 6:18 PM
Boehner breaks off debt limit talks with Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Friday he broke off negotiations with President Barack Obama on a debt limit increase and will start talks with Senate leaders.

In a letter to congressional colleagues, Boehner said he and the president could not reach agreement on a deficit reduction package and that the two "had different visions for our country."

With the August 2 deadline approaching for Congress to increase the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, Boehner said he would begin talks with Senate leaders to "in an effort to find a path forward."

(Reporting by Donna Smith; editing by Todd Eastham)