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What he's looking for is an exchange to lower the federal spending by the amount the debt limit has increased.

Question: How to understand the bolded part in the above sentence? It appears in NPR 2011-05-16. The whole passage is as follows: Political posturing is beginning in earnest over the federal debt limit. House Speaker John Boehner says there's no reason for negotiators to wait until the eleventh hour to reach an agreement. He says he's ready to cut a deal now. What he's looking for is an exchange to lower the federal spending by the amount the debt limit has increased.

Another question: what is political posturing? Is it just an assemly of politicians?
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