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. JP0

    More posturing to pander to the wacko Republican base.

    July 23, 2011 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  2. Kenny K

    What's Mr. Boehner thinking? He called Mr. President publicly to join in the debt limit discussion, and now he wants to take the case back to "congress only". That does not make sense; he need to stay there and deal with president and senate leaders.

    July 23, 2011 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  3. bruce

    Nothing but a coward and a manipulator. They don't want a deal, they want to "Make this president fail".

    July 23, 2011 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  4. SimpleManToo

    With the average American salary being between 40,000 and 45,000, Why Not tax someone who makes 250,000 dollars a year or more? I read the comments that these are the people who create the jobs. Well I say that 18,000 jobs created when we need 125,000 a month is doing a Darn BAD Job of Job Creation. I also say that Companies create jobs, not people. Congress has created a divide in America between the Wealthy and the Poor as there is no longer a middle class. It is sad to say that people making the "Average" wages in America are going to continue to get shafted while the Rich get Richer. It is simple Economics and if you look at just how much more taxes elimination of the Bush Tax Cuts would increase those with incomes above 250,000 a year, you will realize that it is a drop in the bucket for someone making that much money.

    Also if Congress is the true representation of the people, Why cant Congress get the Same Medical Plan that the average American has? And why do congressional officials get life time retirements when the average American is going to suffer under Medicare?

    July 23, 2011 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  5. Lee Aarhus

    I wanted to make people aware of the budget crunch and if we will receive our SSD and VA Compensation. First off I am a disabled veteran who counts on both checks to live on and also medicare for health since I do not like the VA healthcare.
    Okay first of all if we do not get paid, neither does the banks where our direct deposits go and then our auto pays do not get paid and then we get late payments on all pf our bills then it trickles up to local banks who do not have the revenue to cover their end. I asked my bank if this happens what happens when it is not our faults to pay our bills. If late on rent then I get late payment and charged, who will pay those charges, I refuse since not my fault.
    I bet if you talked about lowering the politicians pay or say budget cuts need to come from their pocket they would not like it or say they will not get paid at all. Get the money for people who deserve it the social security and va compensation payments out and then get the budget on track by charging businesses a fair tax for social security.

    July 23, 2011 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  6. Joan

    Mr. Boehner is is a really tough spot. He obviously was negotiating with good faith with the President and they seemed to be making sensible progress. However, Mr. Boehner's hands are tied because of a very extreme segment of his party who have enough votes to torpedo anything he does that does not please them. He can't seem to control his own party. He needs to tell his members that standing so firmly by their principles and not being willing to compromise may just hand the presidency over to Mr. Obama on a silver platter next fall. Right now the Republican party is not showing the characteristics of a party ready and able to govern a country of all the people.

    July 23, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Speaker Boehner accused President Obama of moving the goal posts. After having found common ground on $800B in new revenues, the President was said to have wanted another $400B in new revenue. The Speaker pointed to that as moving the goal posts during the negotiations.

    I find it curious that Speaker Boehner made no mention of his own late in coming bargaining chip. The Speaker began to press that the individual mandate removed from the Affordable Care Act, which prompted the President to offer more revenue increases in exchange. Now who is really moving the goal posts on whom? One unacceptable proposal was met with another.

    July 23, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  8. ronvan

    Politics at its worst! These "leaders" are playing chicken to see who blinks first with OUR country as thier pawn. I really do not blame president Obama as he can only make them come to the table. For me it is time for WE THE PEOPLE to show these "children" that WE are still in control and vote the vast majority of these people out of office!

    July 23, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  9. DENNA

    "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.
    Read: We can work together here on Capitol Hill to forge and agreement, IF Obama caves and gives us the heads of the middle class. Then maybe, MAYBE, we will throw those dogs a bone. What we will not do is trouble our wealthy masters and Tea Party bosses with this mess. I mean, heck, they can't afford to part with any of their millions to help the middle class dog population and the poor – hah! no one cares about them anyway, right?

    Of course Boner, Can'tor and the rest of the Rethugs are too "classy" to be this blunt, but their actions are being perfectly clear.

    July 23, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  10. southnh

    He hasn't ended Debt tals as you headline says. He just doesn't want to talk to "HIM" anymore. But the speaker is talk to others.

    July 23, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  11. Charlie in Maine

    The Tea Party has had a profound effect on the GOP and now it is using that once proud and effective party to hold the nation hostage to it's unfair, unsound and un-American agenda. Some Republican out there is going to have to grow a spine and stand up to these idiots before real damage is done. I pray it is soon.

    July 23, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Bill in Albuquerque

    Yeah right Congress is going to work together to forge a deal without white house. Sorry dude democrats ain't gonna roll over for your tea party nut job deal.

    July 23, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  13. Clwyd

    There is no explanation other than to protect the wealthy and big corporations from paying their fair share! Greedy thugs= republican'ts

    July 23, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  14. Edie Simmons

    Raise the taxes on the rich lets pay this off so are Grand kids don't

    July 23, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  15. Edie Simmons

    Medicare should go too many Dr and Hospital milking it and abuse ing it Build milatary Hospital for the poor and old this could bring down cost 60% and create millions of jobs

    July 23, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. Edie Simmons

    Boehner forget about the pack you made this is a historical year don't be remenbered finning for the rich, Tax them and your a Super Hero Time for the Dead beats to pay taxes again

    July 23, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. Ruth

    I do not understand why Obama would throw in something big like the 400 billion increase, at the last minute. Now he is blaming Boehner for the talks coming to an end. It would have been fine if Obama had not tried to add a major change at the end. Is this a judgement problem on his part?

    July 23, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Sue

    SHAME ON HIM .....and all of the rest of the republicans for listening to Grover Norquist rather than the good of this country. None of them deserve to be in office now or in the future.

    July 23, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. AJP

    When you closely examine the facts, there is little difference between Republican's and Communist.

    They both want a few to have everything.

    Wake up America before it's to late.

    July 23, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. fayse

    John Boehner is a slimy spin doctor and he has failed at his job as Speaker of the House because he cannot "lead" his caucus. The Tea Party has hijacked the Congress. The time has come for each and every one of the GOP/ TP Congressmen/women to be retired from office in 2012. They have not done the job that they were elected to do. The divided Government experiment has not worked. They have created such a mess of the economy that we have become the laughingstock of the World. In their quest for power, they have thrown all Americans to the wolves. Vote All GOP out in 2012.

    July 23, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    Obama was NEVER interested in cutting spending, only raising taxes and increasing spending. We wouldn't even be in this mess if this buffoon hadn't run up record debt in record time and even worse, set the country up for record deficits as far as the eye can see.

    How is that "hope and change" working out for you now? When you put an inexperienced dog catcher, or community organizer, in the Whitehouse, this is what you get.

    July 23, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. jamison

    Boehner and McConnel want to save us from all this debt. HA. Where were they when the GOP Congress approved TWO wars without any funding? Then they didn’t raise any taxes to fund those wars, but instead brought in tax CUTS for the rich. They put through a Medicare drug plan, but blocked any bargaining with the drug companies for cheaper drugs. They have cost us MORE over the last several years than anything the Dems have done. It’s time to get RID of these pocket lining idiots and vote in the party which has always been FOR the PEOPLE and not just for the wealthy.

    July 23, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. chuck

    A corporate "Ceo" puppet of the facist wing of the repug party!! The Teabag "Stailmen" Cantor ,Joe Walsh,and all the other Teabag "Facist". Boehner "Lied about Jobs in 2010,just to get votes??? The Teaparty is Just Plain "Lunitics" and Morons, "Who Lied to Americans about jobs,to get votes!!! Know we found out they are Representatives of a "Facist,Neocon, Close to Communism, Movement of Racism,and Bigottry!!!!! Vote them out or Impeachment Proccedings

    July 23, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. confused

    So call me naive, but isn't this how a bill should be passed??? The House drafts a bill and passes it; the Senate drafts a bill and passes it, a committee of both houses work together to combine the bills into something both houses can pass; and then the President signs or vetos the bill. The President may or may not give his ideas during the process. In other words our Congressmen play together. (I can't help but wonder if they cannot play together because the childrearing philosophy of teaching our children everyone wins has rubbed off on the adults! You know the one I'm talking about - everyone gets a trophy whether they win or lose, every child is passed to the next grade at school whether they know the material or not, etc.)

    So Boehner is NOW saying he will do what he should have done in the first place. EXCEPT what I suspect he means is that the House and Senate Republicans will submit the same old same old and the Democrats will vote against the same old same old or the President will veto it. So no progress will be made as usual.

    Also I wonder why Boehner thinks he's going to get any further with the Democrats in Congress than the President since they are already upset because Obama was willing to put some SS & Medicare reforms on the table.

    Okay maybe I'm more cynical than naive.

    July 23, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. Debbie from Arizona

    First they yell, the President needs to get involved and now that he has, they don't want him involved. Jesus, this has gone way beyond absurd. These Republicans need to realize that the majority of Americans want the wealthy and Corporations to pay their fair share. They need to realize who elected them, it was not Norquist and his No New Tax Pledge.

    July 23, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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