House Speaker Boehner says no progress in budget talks

WASHINGTON Sun Dec 2, 2012 9:50am EST

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 28, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 28, 2012.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker John Boehner said White House and Republican negotiators had made no progress in talks to avert the "fiscal cliff" of sharp tax hikes and deep spending cuts that looms early in January.

"We're nowhere" Boehner, the top House Republican, said on "Fox News Sunday."

"We've put a serious offer on the table by putting revenues up there. ... But the White House has responded with virtually nothing," he said.

Boehner said Congress will never agree to the White House suggestion that the federal debt limit be raised without a congressional vote. "Congress is never going to give up that power. ... It is the only way to leverage the political process." he said.

(Reporting by Jackie Frank; Editing by Bill Trott)

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Comments (5)
Raelyn wrote: nobody’s surprise… he just keeps digging in deeper and deeper…evidently that is how his brain works…
a good senator would care about what the country needs, which is not a long series of no no no no no…

Dec 02, 2012 1:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RSaltyDog wrote:
I was a Republican for 35+ years (now Independent) Between GWBush and TEAParty I left in 2010. The GOP just either doesn’t get it or doesn’t care. I think its the latter. If the GOP cared they would have learned their lesson in 2008 with Palin, 2010 the promise of jobs and in 2012 by dumpting the ridgid religious zealots and TEAParty. Trounced in the 2012 and yet Boehner just keeps on the same path. We are a representative democratic republic and yet Boehner seems to live in a fantasy world. He doesn’t get that the GOP holding the House was not to keep obstructing but for the GOP to prove they have reformed themselves. And before someone calls me a RINO I would like to say I was a Republican before most of you were born. The RINO’s are today’s religious zealots and TEAParty. Boehner, move forward and dump the zealots and TEA.

Dec 02, 2012 2:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
The automatics cuts and tax increases are the best deal for the country.

The biggest mistakes of the Bush tax cuts was that it took another 5% of the population off the tax rolls. In all the “uproar” over Romney’s 47% comment – did any of you bother check check the level of American’s not paying Federal income taxes in the past? In the middle of George H.W. Bush’s presidency – it was below 15%. Historically – this level has been in the mid 20 percent range at most. Under Clinton, it crept up, and under the Bush tax cut legislation – another 5% were taken off the rolls.

Whatever the “proper” level of government spending, you cannot have a rational debate while half the population is not seeing the bill.

Dec 02, 2012 6:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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