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
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Name iceman

    Throw both partys out of office and let's start over.

    July 22, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. Donna

    Here is the problem. Boehner never had a majority in Congress and he knew it. There are three parties in Congress. The Democrats, Republicans and Tea Partiers. If the Dems would wake up and realize this they might actually affect change. Having said that...a respected friend, an investment advisor shared with me, that the majority of Republicans in this country cannot afford to be Republicans. And as I see it, he is correct. Too bad Fox newies aren't smart enough to realize that. Another point I've always stated is, "Everyone dies a Democrat." I haven't met one senior citizen who refused their Medicare or Social Security. Why can't the Democrats wake up and do what Bill Clinton did to turn the economy around after 12 years of Republican rule....cut spending, and raise taxes, and in the end create 20 million new jobs. Trickle down really means trickle is a self-serving Republican myth. Wake up and do the right thing...maintain Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, cut defense spending, and raise taxes in increments to the wealthiest Americans and business.

    July 22, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Dennis

    What does Boehner mean the White House moved the goal posts?!? The goal posts have always been set at August 2nd when the debt ceiling expires. President Obama needs to call in Boehner, McConnell, Pelosi and Reid and say to them, "we'll have pizza and beer delivered, but we ain't leaving until we solve this problem for the benefit of the American people."

    July 22, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Still stuck on cuts only with no sacrifices by corporations and the ultrawealthy, Mr. Weeper? You've earned a nice big campaign donation from your vile vampiric masters who want only to suck the money and energy out of the rest of us. Your a good little cult member.

    July 22, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. jim

    So tell me – how much did those "Freedom Fries" cost America???

    July 22, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. SecedingfromTexas

    You should have been working together a long time ago. Get off your high horses, lose the pledges, and get to work
    for America. You don't mind taking taxpayer money to pay your salaries, your health care, and the obnoxious
    perks that come with your jobs, well, guess what, if you cut us off at the knees even further, we won't pay our
    taxes, because we will all be broke. Then you will have to get a real job. I will never be able to drink tea again,
    it gags me to look at it.

    July 22, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Lynn

    Just when you think Republicans can't erode their credibility even further, they manage to do just that. Besides walking away, the idea that you would ignore a phone call from president for almost an entire day, and then make your announcement to walk away to the media first, is unconscionable.

    July 22, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. Pedro Lespier

    Until 5 years ago I was basically apolitical, now however I am at the point where my brain is SCREAMING!!!. Why is it that we keep hearing that most polls reflect that a staggering number of Americans want shared sacrifice, that most Americans believe that we should allow the debt ceiling to be extended, if this is the case, why oh why is it everytime the speaker and his minions keep saying that, "The American people want the debt ceiling to stay firm," that the American people do not want shared sacrifice. Will someone please stop them from speaking for me and the rest of the American people, when it is plain (as the polls seem to say) that this is NOT the will of the American people.

    July 22, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Squigman

    Get back in there, and do your job. You were hired by the people, and they deserve better than you're giving. Remember, your paymaster, is the people that voted you into office. You need to have their interest at heart, and this means all of them, not just the minority that voted for you.

    July 22, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Michigan Don

    Once again the GOPers have sided with ideology over good common sense. What plausible reason is there to defend not taxing the wealthy? There is none except a blind adhearence to the failed policies of Ronnie Reaggan... dribble down economics does not work... it never has worked... it never will work... its flawed economics Period! The Speaker and the House Repubs are fools... pure plain and simple.

    July 22, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. Tony

    If Boehner, Cantor and Ryan allow this default out of some misplaced loyalty to ideology over country; they are guilty of high treason and should be arrested.

    I'm sure we can make room for them at Guantanamo Bay!

    July 22, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. John

    Mr Boehner they are a lot of people that worrying if they are going to be able to pay there bill. And they don't get any thing to say about It. they are worrying if they going to have a home to live In or If they are going to have food to eat. and we are all feed up with all this worrying and everything all way going to the last second to get done. You have to Compromise to get anything done. Even I know this. Be more of a man and get a deal done and start to Compromise. You can't have It all your way. It really making the Republican look bad In this.

    July 22, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. L for Legend

    Baner lies, everytime he says something he has to go back and check with his cronnies. He would have agreed to a "deal" if Canter was always lurking in the background. I'm frankly surprised that he had a press conference alone.

    July 22, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. Barbara P

    Boehner, you need to pull out your copy of Atlas Shrugged! Stop passing the buck. Why do you want to change the constitution in order to get your way? Way are you bowing to the home grown terrorist group called the Tea Party? You need to be FIRED! I will make sure that all you wimp Republicans are not elected again by campaigning against you in the next election! The Republicans are trying to play hard ball. Your stimulus plan did not encourage employers to hire educated American workers so why do you think that taking away AMT will?

    Mr. President Obama, the buck stops with you. Raise the debt ceiling and take your family on Spring Break!

    July 22, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This man Boehner is on his way out the door, trust me.

    July 22, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. Dwight Drum

    Speaker Boehner's press conference was so staged and rrehearsed that it's foolish to expect it had any impact..except to GOP folks. Come on. He knew what he was going to say and the questions came like way too fast and without real reporter thought. Press conferences don't go down that way.

    As an independent voter I wanted to vomit, but I didn't get the time to do that. The show was too swift. But that show was way shallow. Others had to see that. It was like a commericial. Come on. Do better next time.

    July 22, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. allen henry

    why is it that everyone is letting the GOP and everyone else get away with talking about raising taxes when its really the elimination of tax breaks for the Rich, and the elimination of tax loop-holds for the Rich, and not a tax increase on all middle class and the poor Americans. This is where all the confusion is coming from.

    July 22, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. nobama

    Keep it up Speaker Boehner. This President will deceive you with promises and then pull a fast one to get his way. The agreement needs to be in writing. Do not fall for promises of future spending cuts in exchange for tax increases. This President has worsened the unemployment rate, devalued the dollar, and has misread the economic indicators more than once. Remember LAST YEARS summer of recovery? He had the White House and both houses of Congress and the economy got worse.

    July 22, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. Candy Taylor

    What disrespect for the President. Mr Boehner you are protecting the rich and putting the elderly and disabled on the street. You are a disgrace! Are you that set on getting President Obama out of office that you would destroy your country?

    July 22, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. indie voter

    It is so obvious that the republicans do not wanna work things out with the president. My friends and I are going to convince as many people as possible to vote out as many republicans as possible. The day of reckoning is coming!!!

    July 22, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. John

    Maximum federal tax rate has come down 157% over the last 60 years, from 91% in 1950 to 75% in the 60's, 50% in the 80's, 39.6% in the 90's and 35% after 2000....what a treasure trove for the rich, couple that with a 87% drop in capital gains taxes over the last 30 years and it is no small wonder why the rich are getting richer and everyone else is getting poorer.

    July 22, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Viet.Vet

    Give Boehner a crying towel and while you at it a spine, leaders lead, followers must follow a leader, None are available in todays Repugs, dang forgot about the Tea people, wait a minute, they don't believe in deficits or other little pesky things that only effect the have nots. I see a rude awakening in 2012.

    July 22, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Karen

    Nice job telling the whole story on the debt talks between Boehner & seem to have overlooked the last minute bait & switch by the President...just another example of your fine biased reporting with no regard for being true journalists who report ALL the facts.

    July 22, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. Thankfully Independent

    All I hear is party before country from these guys. All I see is the Republican Party putting themselves ahead of what is good for the United States of America. George Washington was right, political parties will be the downfall of this country and the Republicans are just the people to do it.

    July 22, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    Per their vow to their God, Norquist, they are failing to do the people's work in order to protect the loopholes for corporations. What a shame he is such a weak leader (weeper). I'll bet my bottom dollar that he is at the nearest bar right now with his lobbyists pouring the drinks down his throat. Disgusting.

    July 22, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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