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Obama, Boehner “Not Close at All” on Budget Deal

December 14, 2012—With less than three weeks before the "fiscal cliff,” President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) continued to talk in private while both sides issued public proposals that show how far apart they are.

Speaker Boehner Dec. 12 told House Republicans that both sides are still far apart – in fact “not close at all” – on a budget deal.  Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) warned Republicans to be prepared to stay in Washington until Christmas Eve and possibly the week between Christmas and the New Year.

The White House Dec. 10 proposed to reduce the amount of tax revenues Democrats are seeking from $1.6 trillion to $1.4 trillion over 10 years.  Boehner rejected the offer, saying it could not pass the House or Senate, and repeated his call for $800 billion in revenue and over $1 trillion in cuts.

At a Dec. 12 press conference, the speaker said, “[T]he president’s plan to avert the fiscal cliff still does not meet the two standards that I laid out the day after the election.  His plan does not fulfill his promise to bring a balanced approach to solving this problem.  It’s mainly tax hikes.  And his plan does not begin to solve our debt crisis.  It actually increases spending.”

That same day, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated that the president “is willing to make tough choices and he has made clear and specified the spending cuts that he is willing to make, and he has said that he is willing to go further as part of a broader deficit reduction plan.  But he will not extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.”


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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