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. lynn

    Extra expenses meant going back to work in 1968. Nobody told us we could cut our debt any other way except make more money. We thought it meant we needed to increase our income so we did. Live and learn, next time we could send a kid back to cut our debt.

    July 22, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. roscoe

    Cry us a river, John. You've sold the country out for the sake of the tea party. You're on the wrong side of this issue and you'll be on the wrong side of history too. Plunge the country into depression....drill, baby, drill.

    July 22, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Chipster

    Republicans are insisting that only Social Security recipients should be taxed – to the tune of about $40-$60 per month – to carry the financial burden for the privileged wealthy who have continued to enjoy what was intended to be temporary tax cuts. Cutting Social Security benefits for senior citizens who have had no increase in their cost of living for 2 years and who have the added state and local tax burden for unfunded federal mandates is unforgivable. Republicans also want to end Social Security benefits for those under the age of 55 years old. Many of them have contributed to Social Security for decades. Do Republicans plan to REFUND their contributions?

    July 22, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. s kel

    what a bunch of bs that this lying teacrapper pawn of the wealthy troll just said. people of the united states i said it before,the repukes/teabaggers are not for the american people and they ARE THE AMERICAN TALIBAN . they need to go, gotten rid of, voted out, dismanteled, hunted down, and removed.

    July 22, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. rob

    Its been obvious from the start that president Obama is interested in posturing only not leading us toward real budget reform. He came late to the debate and has been having a terrible 2 weeks. He has never gone public with a specific plan, he only speaks about vague willingness to compromise while demanding tax increases from Republicans that he was never able to get from a Democrat dominated Congress. Remember last wek when he gave Congress 24 to 36 hours to come up with a plan? Everybody ignored him. When the "Gang of Six" came out with their blueprint, Obama immediately got behind it as what he wanted but it was shot down by both sides just as fast. Now, apparently he and Speaker Boehner's talks have broken down again because he caved in to his liberal base. The liberal media may be running interference for him, but ultimately it is President Obama who has taken ownership of this negotiation and it is he who has the most to loose if he fails to be part of a solution.

    July 22, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    I just know that the citizens of Ohio are getting everything they wanted when they elected Boner. Its the people of Ohio that want America to fail...

    July 22, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  7. Albo58

    The President just couldn't help himself from wanting to increase yet more taxes on us saps that actually pay taxes!

    July 22, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. Positive

    Vote out every single Republican in 2012!

    July 22, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. GonzoinHouston

    It occurs to me that Boehner is getting some unholy pressure in private. I have no doubt the TP's are threatening to:
    a: defeat any agreement he works out with Obama
    b: vote to remove him as Speaker
    c: run multiple well-financed primary candidates against him.
    We're getting down to the proverbial short strokes here. Bet on the McConnel-Reid cop-out to let Obama duck the problem and take all the blame.

    I can't recall ever seeing anything like this in American politics before. Between the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations the GOP has established a sad record.

    July 22, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  10. Tommy

    Obama will lie like a dog until its about time to reach an agreement. Then he'll change the rules of the game.. How's that change working for you ?

    July 22, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. MARIO Forzani

    The Republicans want Obama to fail,.. they have stated such in public, and on numerous occasions. If the President fails,.. the country fails, and WE all fail. Republicans are a bunch of unpatriotic terrorists .If the country defaults,.. cut off their benefits, halt their wages and expense accounts and perks,.. place the burden of cutbacks on their shoulders, and not on the backs of seniors and the middle class workers.

    July 22, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. Tommy

    2012 is a good time for a change... Obama needs to run out of DC on a rail.

    July 22, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  13. juliei4

    Did Boehner answer the questions about whether or not he returned the president's phone call? No. Did Boehner say whether or not there were actually 800 billion dollars in revenue increases on the table which he had agreed to? No. He said the disagreement was over an additional 40 billion dollars in revenue increases a year for 10 years, supposedly letting the Bush tax cuts for earners over $250,000 expire. The American people want a compromise of cuts and revenue. Get on with it.

    July 22, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. The lobbyist Puppet Masters Plays GOP Like a Guitar!!

    Fool us once twice never!! Boehner you are caught between a hard place and a rock! # 1 you can't balance the budget on the backs of the middle class and at the same time you are pulling the plug on grandma and grandpa social security and medicare!. For once what are the Republicans sacrificing? nothing! the lobbyist on one hand and the teatards on the other have made it all harder for a good guy like boehner to come up with a solution. They have made him a part of the problem, and defauting is not an option. Anyways I have to get back to my mandarin for the dummies and Zai Jian!!!

    July 22, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  15. Showemwhutuwerknwit

    Thank you Mr. President for reminding these loons who they work for!

    July 22, 2011 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. sandy riney

    It is so nice to see that Speaker Boehner is acting so maturely by walking out when he did not get his way. The problem is the Republicans want it all their way without raising taxes on the wealthy but yet they want to cut social security that will affect 50 million senior citizens.

    July 22, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  17. Whoosh

    The republican't have painted themselves in a oath signing corner. If there is a default, the blame-all of it will be their baby!!
    NO Compromise from the same fools that cause this mess. GET REAL!

    July 22, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. Clwyd

    Stopping the tax loopholes for the rich is not raising taxes John and your republicans wealthy that you seem so interested in protecting over the average American!

    July 22, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  19. J.V.hodgson

    Shameful behaviour. First off Republicans are screaming at the Presidents lack of involvement. Then how many times have either Cantor or Boehner walked out of meetings with the president or even VP.
    I believe many Americans see in the majority according to several polls the Presidents idea of a deal a 3 to 1 ratio of spending cuts and tax revenue withdrawals and abandoning costly and ineffective and what were "temporary income Tax reductions for the rich, having majority support.
    Walking out on negotiations and not answering calls from the President and then saying as well no more talk with him! That's not talk John we areasking you to negotiate not dictate. But no you QED say I'll play in my own backyard only and then the piece de resistance; it the Presidents fault.... what rubbish... allocating fault here is not the issue here sir the issue is Amercan credibilty internationally, and avoiding a double dip recession.
    The worst employment growth ever over the last 10 years has been while thesw Job creating or Job creators have had these tax cuts subsidies which are a huge part of the debt level.
    The blame if this debate does not bring agreement soon is clearly all on the Republican side who have given nothing to solve the problem and demanded everything from democrats Hey the big spending cut Ryan plan was rejected did you forget that and so was cut and cap etc or it will die in the Senate today.

    July 23, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  20. Good/Bad

    Right because you were so ready to take the earlier proposal that had only 700b in additional revenue with 4 trillion in cuts.

    July 23, 2011 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  21. Time for another change

    "Revenue hikes"; Oh how Democrats love to rename commonly used phrases that cloud the real meaning when they rapidly lose public support. I suppose they believe it is better for them when they appear vague and mysterious?

    Here are some of my favorites

    Tax increases are now "revenue hikes"
    Global Warming to Climate Change to "'Global Climate Disruption'"
    And their Global Warming bill to "pollution reduction and investment"
    War on Terror to ""Struggle Against Violent Extremism"
    Cap and Trade to "heat-trapping pollution"

    They must really think a lot of Americans are stupid. Unfortunately, they are right on that one considering how Obama got elected with his experience of being a "Community Organizer". Yeah, right.

    July 23, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  22. GOP has a tea problem, not a party?

    Boehner can't get The Tea Party behind no deal. The Tea Party have zero respect for the House Speaker. They don't need him. Boehner needs Democrats votes to pass deal out of the house and that means close tax loopholes and the Bush Tax Cuts. He's screwed. Eric Cantor has a knife in his back.

    July 23, 2011 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  23. Henry

    Listen, Boehner, you have been had. You may be the Speaker of the House but President Obama just made you look like a tool; the tool you really are.

    July 23, 2011 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  24. Colette Hart

    Knock off all the political posturing and get to work.

    July 23, 2011 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  25. Marry

    By now the options should be clear:

    The point of view of the Dems: Raising the dept ceiling combined with spending cuts and raising revenues.

    The point of view of the GOP/TP: Raising the dept ceiling combined with drastic spending cuts on the poor and the middle class NO RAISING OF REVENUES
    – and if we do not get to keep our loopholes and tax reductions that Bush gave us – then we just shut everything down to make the point: The heck with the country – the only country we need is the country club! As long as we can pin it on the President!

    If anyone making under 200 000,-$ a year is ever going to vote for the GOP/TP they should really have their head examined!
    It is like always:
    The GOP does very bad things well and the Dems do very good things badly.

    July 23, 2011 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
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