John Carter

Boehner says House ready to pass spending bill to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON _ Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner said the chamber is set to vote on a bipartisan agreement this week to keep the U.S. government from shutting down on Oct. 1.tmpplchld "We've got a lot on our plate," Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said Tuesday after a closed-door meeting of party members. He said he'll decide in a day or two when to schedule an internal party election for his successor and possibly for other party leadership posts in the House.tmpplchld An existing government funding bill expires at the end of the day Wednesday. While conservative Republicans have said they wouldn't back any spending extension that continues to fund Planned Parenthood,...