July 26, 2011
The Associated Press . From left, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, participate in a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday in Washington.
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WASHINGTON -- Thwarted by conservatives in his own Republican Party, House Speaker John Boehner scrambled Tuesday to secure enough GOP votes to beat a fast-closing Aug. 2 deadline and stave off the potential financial chaos of the nation's first-ever default.