Senate GOP Leader Calls On Dems To Spell Out Cuts

(Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 12:35 PM)

House Speaker John Boehner accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of slow-walking negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” and urged him to name specific cuts in government spending he would support as part of any compromise.

“Let’s be honest. We’re broke. The plan we offered is consistent with the president’s call for a balanced approach,” said the Ohio Republican. “We’re still waiting for the White House” to do the same.”

The White House and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi disputed the assertion within moments.

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“The irony of this is that the White House offer had very specific cuts, the GOP counteroffer had almost none,” tweeted communications director Dan Pfeiffer.

In remarks on the House floor immediately after Boehner spoke, Pelosi also called on him and the Republican leadership to permit a vote on Obama’s plan to extend expiring tax cuts for most Americans, while letting them lapse at upper incomes. She predicted it would have “overwhelming support.”

The fast-paced events underscored the difficulty confronting the White House and congressional leaders as they hope to avert across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts in government programs that are scheduled to take effect at the turn of the year. Economists say the combination is enough to send the economy into recession.


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  1. mark levin says:

    We didn’t accomplish a 16 TRILLION DEBT by not being taxed enough, this was accomplished by massive Barackaclaus Obama & democrat party spending. And don’t give me Bush, he hasn’t been president for FOUR years so man up and admit obama is nothing short of a major disaster. Obama has spent MORE THAN ALL past presidents.

    There should be NO tax increases, ONLY spending CUTS! Cut out the trillions of gifts obama gives.

  2. kulanuamechad says:

    headline says senate leader but story says house leader.

  3. liveletlive says:

    Obama has increased spending by one of the lowest percentages since 1930.

    The 16 trillion wasn’t borrowed in four years

    Obama has taxed LESS THAN ALL past presidents

  4. zed says:

    No. 1: Would you please list the programs you want to cut from federal government spending and the amounts each cut would save? The Republicans have been unwilling to do so, and so I thought you could help them out. And just to be clear: “the trillions of gifts obama gives” is not specific enough.

  5. Milhouse says:

    #3, you are lying. 0bama sent spending through the roof. In his first 8 months he managed to run up more debt than than Bush did in 8 years.

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