Boehner: Obama tax stance caused debt talk collapse

WASHINGTON Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:30pm EDT

1 of 9. President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, July 22, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker John Boehner blamed President Barack Obama for the collapse of debt ceiling talks, saying the White House sought to raise taxes and failed to "make the tough choices" on spending cuts.

"They insisted on raising taxes," Boehner said at a Capitol Hill briefing soon after Obama addressed reporters.

"They refused to get serious about cutting spending and making the tough choices that are facing our country on entitlement reform."

(Editing by Todd Eastham)

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Comments (88)
jefflz wrote:
End the Bush Tax cuts and put this country back on the road to normalcy. Supply-side economics are VooDoo economics as G H W Bush said himself.Stop rewarding the ultra-rich at the expense of everyone else!!

Jul 21, 2011 9:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Anonymous687 wrote:
Knock Knock. Who is it? It’s the reality of the economy calling; I’m here to blow your house down.

Jul 21, 2011 9:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tigerwoodsnew wrote:
Ending the Bush tax cuts is not enough. There needs to be real tax reform as laid out by the debt reduction commission. Why haven’t any of these recommendations been considered in the current bills being negotiated?

Jul 21, 2011 9:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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