Boehner ends debt talks with President Obama
July 22nd, 2011
06:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Boehner ends debt talks with President Obama

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner says he has ended debt talks with President Obama.

CNN has learned Boehner sent a letter to Republican House members saying,"I have decided to end discussions with the White House and begin conversations with the leaders of the Senate in an effort to find a path forward."


Filed under: Debt • Deficit • John Boehner • President Obama
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  1. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX

    In my point of view...come hell or high water in the coming days or weeks.........

    This is all on you Republicans.

    No other way around it.

    July 22, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Games games games. I've been toying with it in the back of my mind for a while now: will the GOP back out and refuse any deal whatsoever with Obama so that they can claim Obama deserves no credit for making it happen? Why yes, yes they will.

    July 22, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. logic in LA

    Did he take his bottle and go home to cry? there are more than conservatives in this country, and both sides have opinions that need to be considered. As a matter of fact, at last count, more people were registered Democrats than Republicans. Not to mention tha 66% of us want a balanced approach, not some radical minimum wage approach to the budget process

    July 22, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    I cant believe my ears listening to this crap from Obama. The Speaker DID offer a solution, and Harry Reid tabled it in the senate rather than even debating it. The democrats have offered NOTHING ... just a load of empty promises and new taxes so they can continue to spend us in to oblivion. The blame for this crisis, this economy, and everything that is to come is on Obama.

    July 22, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Just when I thought that Boehner was making progress with the President in helping us avert this disaster, this happens.

    That's it. The republicans have officially lost my vote (assuming that things don't get so bad that we can actually have elections anymore).

    July 22, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. CarolO

    What talks? You haven't said anything yet. Might as well send Grover Norquist in to speak for you.

    July 22, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  7. Doug

    He's going to try dealing with the Senate instead?? Good luck with that! I don't know if he's checked recently, but there's a Democratic majority in the Senate, most of whom are really irritated at the President for giving up much too much in talks already.

    Wow....all I can say is good luck, dude!

    July 22, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. RETIRED PERSON

    This is just B
    "Bull-C–p
    ; these people have made a big mistake by not working with the President of the United States. I am retired and have done my part (no COLA) for the past 3 yrs; (there are 50-70 million of us) Stop playing as if you were in kindergarten and straighten up your "act" because 70 million votes can definetly vote you out of your position. By the way when are you people in Congress going to start paying into Social Security as well as pay for your medical like we seniors do.. Now change your "diapers" and get to work and solve this problem without touching Social Security.

    July 22, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    The GOBPbaggers showed their true colors once again, refusing to ask their corporate and billionaire masters to make any sacrifices whatsoever, while expecting the rest of us to pay for decades of Greedy Old Pig fiscal mismanagement dating back to St. Ronny.

    July 22, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Dan J

    Boehner seems like a reasonable guy who really wanted to work something out. Obama had an election to worry about. It was obvious.

    July 22, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. Jimmy

    Thanks a lot, GOP. Just for this, you have officially lost my vote. If the economy isn't so bad that we can't hold elections anymore, I will never, EVER, vote republican again.

    July 22, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Dawn Alleyne

    please get rid of boehner now, this country needs to move forward for the best interest of everyone who wants it. these games bring to light a hint of childishness, and this is unacceptable. America, stand up and do something. Or become rendered useless like the republicans.

    July 22, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. ddr

    What a paid and bought fool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. Lee Luzius

    Lets all get together and make Boehner cry by taking away his pay and benefits like he wants us to do. He is STUPID-STUPID-STUPID

    July 22, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Perhaps the president did NOT cave on his stand of more revenue and hands off SS, Medicare and Medicade. His left base may have jumped the gun getting p/oed at him about a possible earlier deal, then again maybe he listened to them for once.

    July 22, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. Embarrased Conservative

    Time for Obama to just use his constitutional powers and raise it without the help of these bums.

    July 22, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    I can honestly say that in my 54 years, I have never seen a President treated with such utter disrespect as this one. The Republicans are willing to sink our struggling economy, as well as the global economy, in order to make sure Obama serves only one term. That was their stated game plan from the very start. What about the oath they took to uphold the constitution, in which it states that we will pay our bills? This is just stunning. John Boehner refused to return the President's phone calls this morning, according to the news conference the President is holding right now. I'd like to ask Boehner, where, sir is your common decency.

    July 22, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Embarrased Conservative

    Reagan raised the ceiling 18 times. The is "18". Little Bush did it 7. What is the problem with these Repubs?

    July 22, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    Obama has not shown he can be trusted at all. He's nothing but a political hack that'll say anything, do anything, insult anybody and lie through his teeth. If you can count on him for anything, it is to say one thing and then do another.

    July 22, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. Phil

    Just like Palin–a quitter. Now if/when the US defaults on its debt(s), the President is certainly not to blame. Are these Teapuplicans treasonous traitors? One would wonder.

    July 22, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. Bob

    This is absolutely embarrassing. Boehner and these other fundamentalist nuts need to put their own wishes aside and do what is right for the American people.

    Its not about you John Boehner, Its not about President Obama, its not about Rand Paul, or any other elected official. You all come and go. America needs to continue to prosper.

    July 22, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. Martha in CF

    What a sad time for our country when our elected officials can't debate in a fair manner. The Redumblicans have still shown that they are a party of NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hopefully the majority of Americans are in tuned as to what is happening here.. I can't wait for the next election. It is already happening in Wisconsin. The people are voting the Redumblicans out......We need to think of our middle class(who is fading fast) and our disabled and elderly. We all need to get involved in this, not only our elected officials.

    July 22, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. Snoo

    If you disagree with what is happening in these talks ....Now, TODAY, call your State's representatives. Tell them you will NOT VOTE TO RE-ELECT THEM unless they do. (Pretend you voted for them in the last election. Remember, it does no good to disagree in silence.

    July 22, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    Did he cry? Or just whine that we're trying to tax his buddies - the big oil, farm subsidies, etc?

    July 22, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. Sharon Campbell

    I see very clearly why President Obama is furious with the republicans. I actually think the republican's are trying to RUIN US.

    July 22, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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