Boehner explains decision to end debt talks
Speaker Boehner responds to President Obama's statement on debt talks.
July 22nd, 2011
07:37 PM ET
7 years ago

Boehner explains decision to end debt talks

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner accused the White House of "moving the goalposts" by requesting an additional $400 billion in revenue hikes, a move that he said prompted his decision to call off debt talks with President Barack Obama.

The Ohio Republican said members of Congress now "will work together" - absent representatives from the White House - to reach a deal that involves spending cuts and raising the nation's debt ceiling by August 2 in order to prevent a default, as the Treasury Department has warned.

"We can work together here on Capitol Hill to forge an agreement, and I'm hopeful that the president will work with us on this agreement," Boehner said.

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

    I guess if Obama, the President, doesn't do everything Boehner want him to do, Boehner will take his ball and go home. This childish behavior has got to stop, for the good of this country. I will say to the republicans what they use to say when they held the presidency: If you don't like it, leave the country.

    July 23, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. never1565

    He wants the President to fail, so he will take down this entire country trying to accomplish this.. He is taking his orders from Rush, Beck and Murdoch!

    July 23, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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