Boehner to Obama: Appoint negotiators
December 20th, 2011
01:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner to Obama: Appoint negotiators

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner asked President Barack Obama in a letter Tuesday to order the Democratic-led Senate to appoint negotiators to work out a compromise with the Republican-led House on a payroll tax-cut extension.


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  1. Steve P

    AMERICA TO BOEHNER: Do your own D*mn job! Don't tell the President that he has to do what YOU were hired to do!

    December 20, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Why bother? The GOP will just reneg on everything, again, like they always do, even if its something they previously agreed to. Never seen a bigger group of spineless worms than the House GOP, except of course, their Presidential candidates.

    December 20, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. sielingfan

    you people are priceless. The Senate wants two more months to negotiate - but when Boehner asks for Obama to appoint negotiators, you all freak out. This is rich.

    December 20, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. sielingfan

    This is rich. The Senate calls for two more months "FOR NEGOTIATIONS." Boehner asks for NEGOTIATORS. Somehow, in all this, the GOP is evil.... hooray for democracy I guess.

    December 20, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Mike S. - Dayton, OH

    The House republicans are a complete and total disgrace. Obama has only been asking for this extension for months either as a stand alone bill or part of multiple other negotiations. And despite the fact that most Americans want this, most Republicans in the country want this (a freaking TAX CUT) and most economists say we need this, they say no every time to everything, each time trying to up the brinksmanship on Obama and the country. They can't negotiate with themselves, let alone Senate Republicans, let alone Democrats. What's their starting negotiating position this time? Obama has to give up healthcare reform, reinstate Don't Ask Don't Tell, shut down the EPA, eliminate capital gains taxes, etc. – just so he can help spur economic demand for the middle class? If this isn't proof that they aren't trying to sabotage the economy for political gain I don't know what is. He should let the GOP stew in its vile, putrid partisan sickness.

    December 20, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Joe

    Absolutely not! Sir, please explain why YOU and other leaders cannot negotiate this matter. The list below is the salaries that we are paying you. Why can't you learn how to negotiate? A better question is, since you all have been there so long, why haven't you identified and learned that skill already? What do you do all day? Please walk us through your typical day of activities so that we may compare it to your job description. Please explain how your work is commensurate with the salaries below:

    Senate Leadership
    Majority Party Leader – $193,400
    Minority Party Leader – $193,400

    House Leadership
    Speaker of the House – $223,500
    Majority Leader – $193,400
    Minority Leader – $193,400

    December 20, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. The Bu

    Appoint negotiators for what??? OOOOOOHHHHH...to do the job that CONGRESS is supposed to do!!!! It all makes sense now...NOT!!!! Boehner is a putz!!!!

    December 20, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Appoint negotiators for what? So that we can continue to kick this can down the road? So that they can net the same results (none) that the Twelve Apostles (Super Committee 6 Dems and 6 Reps)got us in the form of an impasse?
    Nope.
    Let the freaking tax cuts EXPIRE. I'm willing to take the hit just to send you and your hostage-taking, arm-twisting welchers to hell.

    December 20, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Taylor

    Stay Strong Mr. President The Repugs made this bed let them sleep in it.

    December 20, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Kenny K

    @ sielingfan:

    Borner needs no negotiator from the president. He needs to deal with the member of the house and senate.

    December 20, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Ponder This

    Reid has it exactly right!.... Let the negotiations begin AFTER the House agrees to the two month extension – just to stop the Repubs from dragging it out..like adding lots of items from the corporate wish list – you know – Pipeline, cancel environmental regulations, etc., etc., etc.

    December 20, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. American

    The Senate did negotiate with the incompetent bafoon of a Speaker, and Boehner still schemed to give the middle class a TAX INCREASE. Disgusting.

    There was nearly 90% bipartisan vote in the Senate. Who is Boehner kidding?

    December 20, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Joe wrote:

    Absolutely not! Sir, please explain why YOU and other leaders cannot negotiate this matter.
    ---------------
    The problem is an internal matter for Republicans to resolve within their own conference. The young guns are flexing their muscles with the old guard.

    December 20, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. REG in AZ

    Boehner literally lacks any conscience for the people as he stubbornly and arrogantly concentrates on his political ambitions above all else and at any cost to the people; he has demonstrated this so often that it is always expected from him ... but that never makes it right and it has cost the majority greatly.

    December 20, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. WIL (CUBE ) WALLACE

    boehner may be the speaker, but he listen to his mother and father –THE TEA PARTY- good boy boehner. no wonder you still DUMB!

    December 20, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. rs

    Earth to Boehner- tear up your contract with grover Norquist and we'll talk. Otherwise- you guys are committing political suicide.

    December 20, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. John

    Don't Give Into them This Time Mr President. I'm tier of them getting there way all the Time, If they let this bill fail than so will they.

    December 20, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Greg in Arkansas

    This is just a bunch of crap to keep congress in session thru Xmas to prevent recess appointments.....

    December 20, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lawd this crap is not good for my psyche.

    December 20, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Two and the door for all the Republicans!!!

    Boehner, sorry but this is your job not the Presidents!!! I mean really what a cop out!!! I say two and the door for all the Republicans!!!

    December 20, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Two and the door for House Republicans!!!

    This dude has nerves..lol

    December 20, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Pleasesayitaintso

    What a cry-baby Speaker Boehner has proven to be... cannot lead his House, so he cries in agony for Obama's help. Come on Speaker Boehner, man-up, do your job & call for a vote. What a whimp to take the coward's way out & beg for the President to rescue him.

    December 20, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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