Major Republican Congressmen worried about upcoming budget crisis


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Boehner pins blame on Obama for defense cuts

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today told Republicans that the defense sequester and the possible tax hike looming early next year are the biggest threats to the U.S. in the so-called "fiscal cliff."

"There's the threat to our security, posed by the looming defense sequester, which will hit our military with arbitrary cuts that will endanger our security," Boehner said, according to a source in the conference room. "And there's the threat to our economy, posed by the tax hike looming on January 1, that will hit millions, including small businesses."

Boehner told his caucus that the automatic cuts to defense loomed because President Obama tried to punt the issue.

"Let's remember why we have the sequester. We have it for one reason: because the President of the United States didn't want to deal with the debt limit again before the presidential election. Because the president didn't want to be inconvenienced, he came up with the sequester," he said.
Congress is in the initial stages of gearing up for negotiations likely to begin in earnest after the November elections. Automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion split between defense and domestic programs outlined in last summer's deal to raise the debt limit, also known as the Budget Control Act, will begin in January unless lawmakers agree to alternative cuts. A litany of tax cuts, including the payroll tax cut and the Bush-era tax cuts, are also set to expire at the end of the year.
President Obama has proposed extending the Bush-era tax cuts on Americans' first $250,000 of income. The Senate is expected to hold a key procedural vote on Wednesday on Democratic legislation that echoes the president's position. The Republican-controlled House intends to vote on a measure next week that would extend current rates for all income levels.
Senate Democrats last week said that they would refuse any fiscal deal to extend tax cuts on the wealthy without any provision to increase revenues. They're trying to avoid a repeat of last year's agreement to raise the debt ceiling, which did not include any new taxes.
The Speaker further urged Republicans to stay firm on preventing any tax hikes.
"We have the high ground in this fight, and the Democrats know it," he said. "Let's stay on offense,"
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said that "the country would be well-served" if lawmakers could forge an agreement on taxes and the sequester this summer.

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Interesting that Boehner is worried about this upcoming doom-and-gloom scenario. It's almost like he wanted nothing to do with this budget...........

Boehner: I got 98 percent of what I wanted

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley sat down with Speaker of the House John Boehner in his office at the Capitol on Monday.

With a brutal partisan fight over the debt ceiling drawing to an apparent close, Boehner said he understands why so many Americans are angry with what's happening in Washington.

The following is a transcript of that interview:

Boehner: We've got divided government in Washington. We've got big issues confronting us. We have a very open process and society. And as a result, we have healthy debates about how to move forward. This has certainly been a long, healthy debate.

Pelley: Give us a little bit of insight. How did the grand bargain fail? What was the breaking point? How did you tell the president you were walking away?

Boehner: It really boiled down to two issues. President was insisting on more taxes. President never got serious about the kind of spending cuts that were necessary in order to get America back on a sound fiscal footing.

Pelley: You don't think he negotiated in good faith?

Boehner: No, I do believe the president was negotiating in good faith. We had a lot of productive conversations, a lot of tense conversations. But it became pretty clear to me that I wasn't going to be for higher taxes, and the president wasn't going to cut spending as he should.

Pelley: What did you say to each other?

Boehner: I told the president I'm not going there. I can't do that.

Pelley: If this super committee that you talk about recommends raising revenue, can you support that?

Boehner: We'll see what it does. But I'm confident their focus will be on reducing expenditures coming out of Washington.

Pelley: Can you image Republicans backing increased taxes?

Boehner: I think that would be a stretch. It doesn't seem likely to me that that would be recommended, much less supported, but I've been surprised before.

Pelley: You were unable to get your own caucus behind your bill a few days ago. Do you intend to remain Speaker of the House?

Boehner: I do. When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the white House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted. I'm pretty happy.

Pelley: Folks at home have been watching the acrimony, name calling, finger pointing. And I wonder whether the Congress has lost something, an ability to talk to each other, to settle down and make agreements?

Boehner: Well, there's the public noise and then there's the private discussion. Some of the most liberal members of Congress are great friends of mind. But the American people don't see the cooperation that exists off camera that really are the glue that holds this place together.

Pelley: Are you saying it's not as bad as it looks?

Boehner: It's not as bad as it looks.
Keep voting for these assholes, America!