Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner blasted President Barack Obama following the White House's apparent rejection of the deficit reduction proposal he sent to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday.
"If the President really wants to avoid sending the economy over the fiscal cliff, he has done nothing to demonstrate it," Boehner said in a statement on Tuesday.
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The two sides have exchanged charges that the other is advancing unrealistic proposals.
"I made myself clear, and certainly both the speaker of the House and Senator [Mitch] McConnell [the minority leader] know that I'm prepared to make some tough decisions on some of these issues, but I can't ask folks who are … middle-class seniors who are on Medicare, young people who are trying to get student loans to go to college - I can't ask them to sacrifice and not ask anything of higher-income folks," Obama said in an interview Tuesday with the Bloomberg television channel.
His communications director, Dan Pfeiffer, wrote Monday evening, "Until the Republicans in Congress are willing to get serious about asking the wealthiest to pay slightly higher tax rates, we won't be able to achieve a significant, balanced approach to reduce our deficit our nation needs."
On Sunday, Boehner said on Fox that Obama's proposal late last week left him "flabbergasted."
"Right now I would say we're nowhere. Period." He continued. "We've put a serious offer on the table by putting revenues up there to try to get this question resolved but the White House has responded with virtually nothing."
He said in the Tuesday statement that Obama's plan "could not pass either house of Congress," though negotiations are largely seen as a need for compromise between he – as head of the Republican-led House – and Obama. Democrats control the Senate.
"The day after the election, I said that Republicans are willing to make concessions, but the President must be willing to lead," Boehner said in his statement. "With our latest offer we have demonstrated there is a middle ground solution that can cut spending and bring in revenue without hurting American small businesses.
He sent a letter to Obama on Monday outlining his proposal for $2.2 trillion in deficit reduction with $800 billion new revenue. Obama has proposed $1.6 trillion in increased revenue, including raising taxes on income over $250,000.
Boehner said that "obligation to respond with a proposal" now lies with Obama.
A Republican aide said Tuesday that there were no behind-the-scenes talks of any variety currently taking place.
"No conversations today – no emails, tweets, carrier pigeons," the aide said. "The White House is making no effort to find a compromise to avert the fiscal cliff. We are ready to talk whenever they are ready to get serious."
- CNN's Dana Bash, Deirdre Walsh, and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report