Boehner visits White House for fiscal cliff talks
December 9th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner visits White House for fiscal cliff talks

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner traveled to the White House Sunday for talks with President Barack Obama on how to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff, according to a statement from the White House.

"We're not reading out details of the conversation, but the lines of communication remain open," White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

–CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.


Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. GUVNUH

    Jkane, why do you single out Romney? Aren't you just as concerned about the Kennedy family with their fortune in overseas accounts? Let's not forget the Rockefellers also! The left never seems to care when it is their own that avoid taxes.

    December 9, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. Todd

    Hide the silverware Mr. President. I don't trust Bonehead one bit

    December 9, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Brian Logan

    If Washington can't get a deal, put it before the American people and we'll vote. Then we can vote all those sorry congressmen out. What a dysfunctional government we have

    December 9, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    This is all about politics; punish the wealthy to satisfy those of the "occupy" mentality and insist on cuts in spending to satisfy the Tea party and the ultra conservative. Fine! That's a starting point, now combine the two and get some solutions on the table.

    December 9, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. trex

    ............The ONLY thing FALLING FASTER than the unemployment rate is...................the gop APPROVAL RATING............

    December 9, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Barbara

    Ray E.... Are you crazy, what good is a job if I'm sick and can't work and can't pay a doctor to get well so I can go to work. Give me healthcare.

    December 9, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. RGMAINT

    Don't get Washington one more red dime until they can balance the budget and start to be fiscally responsible. point blank and period.

    December 9, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. southernwonder

    bohner can't negotiate. we need a new seaker.

    December 9, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. annieL

    For crying out loud, make a deal. At this point, it doesn't matter what it is. It can and probably will be undone later so stop the drama. Maybe you guys aren't as powerful as you think you are. Us little folks will go on living and doing the best we can no matter what, so get over yourselves and do something.

    December 9, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. Amphiox

    If the rich have only been taking what the country has been giving them up until now, then they should not object if the country decides to give them less. America cannot afford to give away so many entitlements to the rich who do not need them.

    December 9, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Andreea

    Some of you are so innocent.How in the world do you believe that you can make millions without corruptions, buying people.Why do you think these innocent corporations and millionaires gave away so much money for Obama to be president or for Romney?Because they are gorgeous.They are sold, obligated.Everything it is a trade.Nothing in this world is free

    December 9, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. Tristan, San Diego

    All good points are being raised up here, but I also want to highlight that part of the problem is the American people. How many people applied for benefits that they otherwise should not be?
    1. Unemployment. I personally know of people that are on this benefit for over a year, the main reason being that they live comfortably off of it, and does not want to work a lower wage paying job like they should. People need to do a better job at reporting this type of fraud. Benefits such as these should be temporary (i.e. 6 months) and then have positive career building programs that would allow for these folks to get back into the job market.
    2. Non-profit organizations. I do believe that there are some benefits to these types of organizations to help people, but for a majority like senior citizen welfare centers in New York City overpay their employees and take advantage of senior benefits in order to "look legitimate" while our tax payer money is being absorbed into such organizations.
    3. Lowering the taxes while closing the loop holes to allow for taxes to be cut. And investing in sustainable things, i.e. science and technology initiatives, infrastructure, etc.

    December 9, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. M

    What's a boehner doing in the fiscal cliff talks, that's discusting.

    December 9, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. t-man

    Test like Americans have to balance the budget every month so must Congress

    December 9, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. CaliforniaAc

    Rich people take what the country gives them? They didn't make the rules, they play by them? What a bunch of bull. They are kicking and screaming against paying their fair share of taxes. They have the republicans in their pocket to do the dirty work, but Americans are waking up to this and it will mark a death knell for the GOP and Tea party. Hillary next.

    December 9, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Sal Voce

    Boehner – DON'T WIMP OUT! You were sent to congress to hold the line on spending and to CUT SPENDING!

    Heusein and his cronies NEED TO CUT SPENDING! NO NEW TAXES!!

    December 9, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. cobra

    Let it go over the cliff, it would clean things out some and then maybe there would be enough intelligent people in Washington not to keep spending money we don't have. Get out of the stock market, it will collapse if no deal is done.

    December 9, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  18. scuba45

    Obama won the election.
    The majority of the American people feel that the top 2% should pay more taxes.
    And if we go over the cliff, polls show it will be the fault of the GOP.
    So who is holding all the Aces? Hang tough, Mr President.

    December 9, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. debch

    Boehnner needs to get a real life outside Washington; maybe even in another country, and he should take McConnell with him. Obama is not the problem. Bush II was the problem of many things for obvious reasons. Obama, for all his faults, was saddled with Bush from day one and stillk is because of the Bushites still in Congress. One more election, though, should take care of the Boehnners and McConnells and a few others.

    December 9, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. Kevin

    I would still like someone to think about changing the whole tax system. Consider the fair tax or a flat tax. Get everyone to pay their fair share. There is no reason for almost 50% of the people to pay almost nothing, the next 45% pay about 60% of the taxes, and then the last 5% of the people to pay almost 40%. The current system is broke and needs to be fixed!

    December 9, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. dc10

    Saw another article that Obama said in his radio talk that he is ready to negotiate with the Republicans to avoid the fiscal cliff.... Bravo, Mr. President if you are truly sincere to bring this crisis to a close.... or this needs to solved quickly since that 20 day Hawaii vacation is right around the corner....

    December 9, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Indi

    It doesn't seem appropriate for the president to be working on a Sunday.

    December 9, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Concerned Citizen

    Speaker Boehner is SO out of touch with the American cltizenry, and with our newly elected President. The people have spoken, he needs to listen. Even members of his own party are breaking ranks with him. Perhaps a nationwide campaign for him to resign as Speaker would be in order.

    December 9, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. petey

    You Dems don't get it. Go ahead. Raise the rates. The vast majority of the so-called-wealthy (income of 250-500K) will merely be incented to leverage the swiss cheese tax code and income deferral offered by most companies to get under the 250K limit. It might feel good for you vindictive Dems, but the government will simply not realize the revenue. Then, with less money being spent in the system by the folks with some disposable income, plus the unintended consequences of the tax impacts to legit small businesses, you will see further negative impact to the economy. GO FOR IT OBAMA.

    December 9, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. Brij

    Obama wants a "balanced" deal. What could be more balanced than the cliff? Substantial tax increase and spending cuts. The cliff will cause some short term pain (maybe) but as far as the longer term goes, count on Washington to reach a compromise that does nothing to help with the debt.

    December 9, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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