Boehner says Congress, Obama must keep working on fiscal deal

WASHINGTON Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:51am EST

1 of 7. U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) arrives to speak to the media on the 'fiscal cliff' on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 21, 2012. Boehner said on Friday that congressional leaders and President Barack Obama must try to move on from House Republicans' failed tax plan and work together to resolve the looming U.S. 'fiscal cliff.'

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Friday that congressional leaders and President Barack Obama must try to move on from House Republicans' failed tax plan and work together to resolve the looming U.S. "fiscal cliff."

Boehner said he was not concerned that Thursday's withdrawn vote threatened his position as speaker, but did not outline a clear path forward.

Boehner said a divided Washington must come together to revamp the massive U.S. tax code in a way that helps spur economic growth. "How we get there, God only knows."

(Reporting By David Lawder, Thomas Ferraro and Richard Cowan; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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Comments (4)
Abulafiah wrote:
Republicans are all talk and no action.

When are they going to understand that they are losers, and that to get any deal they need to offer something that is more attractive to Obama than going over the cliff?

The Republicans are scared of the fiscal cliff, and with god reason. For Obama it is minor bump.

Dec 21, 2012 11:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:
@Abulafish…all talk and no action is far better than no talk AND no action on spending cuts from Obama and Democratic leadership.

The cliff is fine by me because it’s far better for fiscal balance than Obama’s UNbalanced proposal.

Dec 21, 2012 1:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:
There is no fiscal cliff. Raising revenue and cutting spending are not a cliff. Only in the world of Bohner-Nomics are such things worthy of panic.

Dec 21, 2012 7:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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