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Boehner after Obama meeting: No new taxes

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:17 p.m. HST, Mar 01, 2013

WASHINGTON » House Speaker John Boehner, emerging today from a White House meeting with President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, declared that higher taxes won't be part of any deal to solve the country's budget mess.

No closer to a deal to undo $85 billion in automatic spending cuts taking effect today, Boehner said the House will move ahead next week with legislation to keep the government running beyond March. He said he hopes the country won't have to deal with the threat of a government shutdown.

Boehner's office, in a statement describing the meeting, said he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell toldObama they're willing to close loopholes but only to lower taxes overall, not to replace spending cuts. Obama and congressional leaders agreed that Congress should pass a bill funding the government while they keep working on a way to replace the spending cuts, Boehner's office said.

His office said Boehner told the president the best way to resolve the cuts now would be through the regular lawmaking process, rather than congressional leaders cutting a deal with Obama.

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entrkn wrote:
Recind all tax breaks and loopholes for wealthy people and corporations.
on March 1,2013 | 06:36AM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Define "weathly."
on March 1,2013 | 04:11PM
Hugo wrote:
"regular lawmaking process". "The power of the purse resides in the Congress". NOT the White House! The Constitution is right. Republicans blame the President when the responsibility lies with the House of Representatives. All spending bills must start in the House. Representatives are allocated by population and it is the populace that ultimately pays for the spending bills. Boehner has finally admitted that the federal budget is the responsibility of the Congress. The media, including this rag, has been remiss in reporting how our government works. I remember my high school Civics class. Rush and Fox News have no interest in reporting on our Constitution.
on March 1,2013 | 10:38AM
onwardupward wrote:
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on March 1,2013 | 12:52PM
hawaiikone wrote:
You're kidding right?
on March 1,2013 | 02:33PM
niimi wrote:
I'm embarrassed that my own political party had full control of the White House and both parties of Congress and did nothing about spending. True traditional Democratic party position is fiscal prudence. The Democratic party was founded upon many principles, one of which is fiscal responsibility.
on March 1,2013 | 03:46PM
HD36 wrote:
You subscribe to the view that government spending grows the economy. The economy is growing at 2% and government is growing at 6%. So if increase government by 20% the economy should grow at more than 6%? That didn't work so good for the former Soviet Union.
on March 1,2013 | 03:40PM
niimi wrote:
Au contraire, I do not think for a minute we're on the right road. The budget deficit numbers by government fiscal year are (year deficit): 2007 $161B; 2008 $459B; 2009 $1,413B 2010 $1,293B 2011 $1,301B; 2012 1,089. Forget the party affiliation (and I lean LEFT), we have a massive spending problem. We had it under Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama. Our National Debt was $10 Trillion when President Obama took office and we are now at $16 Trillion. The National Debt is 60% higher in just 4 years.
on March 1,2013 | 03:45PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I liked that picture of Bonehead yesterday....that was not one of his Kodak moments.
on March 1,2013 | 01:07PM
ballen0607 wrote:
It's funny how he doesn't phrase it the way Obama has been proposing it. Obama: "The wealthy can afford to a pay a little more taxes." Boehner: "Obama wants more taxes!" -_-
on March 1,2013 | 01:51PM
niimi wrote:
FInally some government spending cuts. I hope that Congress never reaches a deal. We can all learn how to spend less from this experience.
on March 1,2013 | 03:38PM
McB0B wrote:
I love how everyone wants to raise the other guy's taxes. Nobody seems to understand that spending the other guy's money is what caused the mess in the first place. People are a lot more frugal when they're spending their own money. Where are all the people who think all the programs they support are worth raising THEIR taxes?
on March 1,2013 | 04:17PM
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