WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said he expects Congress will reach an agreement to raise the nation's $16.7 trillion borrowing limit in time to avert a default.
"America has never not paid its bills," Obama said in an interview with the Associated Press. "I don't expect to get there.".
The interview was released Sunday as a partial shutdown of the US government entered its fifth day and less than two weeks before an Oct 17 deadline for raising the US debt ceiling. Obama said comments Saturday from House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, indicate that "Speaker Boehner is willing to make sure that we don't default.".
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