FILE - In this March 30, 1981 file photo, President Ronald Reagan acknowledges applause before speaking to the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO at a Washington hotel. In 1981, Reagan signed an executive order that extended the power of U.S. intelligence agencies overseas, allowing broader surveillance of non-U.S. suspects. Recent reports that the National Security Agency secretly broke into communications on Yahoo and Google overseas have technology companies, privacy advocates and even national security proponents calling for a re-examination of Reagan's order and other intelligence laws. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
President Ronald Reagan (seated) and Chief of Staff James A. Baker III are pictured in the Oval Office of the White House. (University of Texas)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington Republican, said that presidents have routinely negotiated with lawmakers in the past to reach agreements to increase borrowing, from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton to Mr. Obama himself in 2011.
President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O'Neill. (credit: Reagan Library)