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. GI Joe

    FAILURE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO DO THE JOB WE SENT THEM TO DO. CREATE JOBS AND TAKE CARE OF THE BUSINESS OF THE COUNTRY.

    WHERE are the JOBS Boner? Maybe Cantor can get the jobs for us - or better yet, if you can't do your job, give that big gavel back to NANCY.

    July 22, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. sara

    These people aren't serious that ran on debt and deficits. Boehner walking out of talks are typical of these people. We are NOT responsible for a pledge that was signed by these people to get elected. They are Playing a Game with the American people. Ducking responsibilities and holding to their idealogues are no way to govern this country. I am Livid

    July 22, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Vote the tea-baggers OUT in 2012. Maybe they can be recalled. They sure aren't doing their job. Why are we paying them?

    July 22, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. jonesjones

    On his way out of the Whitehouse, Bonehead should keep on walking until he is out of DC for good. To hell with the Grand Ole Party of NO. Repubs will have to get ready to lose the house if this cry baby doesn't grow up.

    July 22, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. susan smith

    We are ready to retire and the Republican party is willing to ruin our economy and destroy our retirement fund because they are unwilling to negotiate .taxes for the most wealthy. Enough!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. SecedingfromTexas

    I haven't seen the whole story yet, but I bet most of us could write it. More gamesmanship from the Teacans.
    Cantor wanted President Obama in on the discussions, then walked out on him.
    Boehner has now played the same game. If those of you who defend this attitude think it is cute, it is not.
    Stubborness and unwavering allegiance to anyone, other than the American people who they were sent to work
    for, is close to treason. I blame the Koch Bros and Norquist and all those weak-kneed little pissants who
    are so afraid of their own shadow going along with these stupid "pledges". Blame the Democrats, blame the
    Gang of Six, but don't blame me. Well, I do, and we will not forget.

    July 22, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Linda McCarty

    I have been a life long Rep., but am strongly leaning on changing to Dem. Why don't they raise taxes on the rich? Shouldn't Exxon pay taxes? Reps. quit listening to the lobbyist's and vote for the people. We elect you and expect you to be on our side. If not, there wil be a big change in the House and Senate when election time comes. Dems. will win both and they should.

    July 22, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. John

    That right John Boehner Quit having talk with President Obama, You Republican haven't done nothing now for three years. You Republican either got to rise taxes or let the BUSH tax cuts to end. You can't have all your way, you have to Compromise to get a deal done. Just thing of all the Old People you are going to hurt ,and the Disable. You need to get a deal done. You have to keep the talk going.

    July 22, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. ben

    yes to the 14th Amendment

    July 22, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Jen

    Get rid of this clown. Get rid of all the republicans. They don't care and never will care about the american people. Don't go blaming obama. What can we do without the help of both dems and repukes. My parents survive off of SS, and you will NOT take that away from them.

    July 22, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. fay johnson

    I feel that all this problem is about a (BLACK PRESIDENT) . Your party has come in to tear him down they have said that many times. I feel sorry for him as too many times he is being disrespected. Shame on you mr boehner

    July 22, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. Republican Robber Baron

    Weeper of the House couldn't handle making those poor oppressed Corporatists and individuals making $200K + to go back to the tax rates prior to King Bush .... and must let them keep all those loopholes so they can zero-out and not pay any tax. Meanwhile the poor and Middle Class get stuck with higher and higher expenses while our earnings never go up...if you're lucky enough to even have a job.

    July 22, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    BREAKING: Boehner ends debt talks with President Obama
    That’s CAN’Tor in the background creating the drama!!!
    Boehner has NO backbone and later he will speak
    Watch what he says – it will definitely be weak!!

    Just notice their background – will the women be there
    If they are – just watch – they are there only to stare…
    …around the room while the RIGHT men state their case
    With really NO INPUT – what a damn disgrace!!!

    July 22, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Our elected officials in Washington, DC have FAILED to lead and now because they unable to compromise we maybe looking at a double dip recession. We need fresh blood in Washington not people who have been in Congress or the Sentate almost as long as the dust in their offices.

    July 22, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. GonzoinHouston

    Anything that will satisfy the TP's has zero chance in the Senate or with the President. They need to write off the far left and the far right and make a deal in the center. The problem, of course, is the selfish interests of the congressional leaders themselves. Boehner is more worried about his re-election and retention of the Speaker's gavel than he is with the economic survival of the nation. He's more afraid of Cantor and the TP's than he is of causing the Second Great Depression.

    July 22, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. Barbee

    Boehner is an out and out liar, First of all the president never said he would raise the taxes on Americans he said he make a small raise on the wealthy. Why should we as average Americans support the wealthy peoples share of taxes. Don't stand up there Boehner and say this what Americans want. WE DO NOT!!!! want to pay for the wealthy people. And if the want to leave==LEAVE– all the other countries have higher taxes. Could it be that Boehner doesn't want to raise taxes because he would fall into the group that pays no taxes (the wealthy).

    July 22, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. henry allen

    why is it that the GOP and everyone else is talking about raising taxes when its really the elimination of tax breaks for the rich and the elimination of tax loop-holds and not a tax increase on all Americans. This is where all the confusion is coming from.

    July 22, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. Jacqueline M Johnson

    "I took the same oath as the President." "I have the same responsibilities as the President." Really mr. boehner? Really? You have the audacity to stand before the American people and pose as if you could have enough back bone and intelligence to run the country, but you cannot even stand up to your own party? Really? You, mr. boehner, are no president or remotely a leader. Your behavior has been an utter disgrace to American politics. You are acting like school-age children who decide to take their marbles home when they don't get their way. But be mindful mr, boehner – this is no game. The American people will remember this, you and the remember how best to vote in 2012. Get ready to pick up marbles real soon...

    July 22, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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