Boehner: My last offer's still on the table
July 24th, 2011
11:21 AM ET
11 years ago

Boehner: My last offer's still on the table

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that his last offer to the White House remains on the table despite his weekend decision to break off talks over a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling.

Boehner told "Fox News Sunday" that his previous offer included $800 billion in projected new federal revenue over 10 years from a "fairer, flatter" tax code, not higher tax rates. But the talks broke down last week when President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats resisted "real cuts in spending," according to Boehner, R-Ohio.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • John Boehner
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Cut, cap, and balance gives everything to the wealthy on the backs of middle-class Americans.

    HELL NO.

    July 24, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Name king

    Hey these repugs who occupies 1/3 of the federal government, likes to whole the country hostage "for their ideology believes and the share hatred of this president" likes to push through stuff which would harm this government by holding the American people hostage, then when it blows up they blame the president. Their is nothing these repugs does that is a success; military extention in Afghanistan, the bush tax cuts extention, the self created crisis over the debt ceiling then run when the president called their bluff, the inability to write a jobs bill so that the president can sign after taking over the government on job job job
    mantra. I don't know if these repugs are stupid enough to think that their policies which has been tried in the best of times and fail, why are they so adamant that it would work in times like these.

    July 24, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. nathaniel lindsey

    As long as it raises taxes for those who make over 200,000 thousand dollars per year. I don't understand the speaker of the house. He was put in the position to serve all of of the American people, not just 20 percent. I am 68 years old, and I have never seen what is happening today in the Republican party. Have they been bought?

    July 24, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. nathaniel lindsey

    I just want the status of this great country to remain a sable and great country.

    July 24, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. carmelle

    So they are ok with tax revs now???? 800B for 3 trill of cuts is not really the fairest way either..

    July 24, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Patrick from Minnesota

    The longer Boehner keeps this crap up, Pelosi will be Speaker again after 2012!!

    July 24, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    Before Boehner walking into lion den (Tea party) should have prepare for this day. Now its too late

    July 24, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Marry

    The GOP/TP leaves one speechless! The dislike towards this party of “NO, HELL NO!” is turning into real rage and disgust! The way they outright lie and behave so shameless towards 99% of the country and the disrespect towards the President is not to be forgiven and also not going to be forgotten!

    July 24, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Now Republicans undermined us. “It’s hanging over our country like a wet blanket."

    Actually wet blanket hanging over Gold it won’t hurt. We will come out this debt easy

    Rest of the world know our economy is #1 we will always #1 thanks to our seniors they build our economy strong our duty build more stronger by giving good education to our kids

    July 24, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Mindie in Indie

    the 'real' cuts in spending are at the expense of the elderly, sick and poor so the rich and big corporations can enjoy more wealth. WE SEE YOU GOP

    July 24, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. grrace

    The "cut, cap, and balance" has no balance. And, a Constitutional Amendment is an unobtainable goal. Just proof the GOP only has an interest in tanking our economy...AGAIN!

    July 24, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. s kel

    l have a grudging hate toward the tea party.

    July 24, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. disgusted

    get boehner out of there before we getinvolved in another civil war people wake up he is trying to see how far he can push us before we we have an uprising that will be very costly

    July 24, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. bobcat2u

    Sorry Mr. Boehner !!! Your last offer is not what the majority of americans who actually pay taxes wants. Give up some of your pay. Close down your automatic COLA. Pay for your own insurance like the rest of have to do. Then, maybe, just maybe we can get on the same page. You're supposed to be a leader. So how about you lead by example and not just cheap talk ?!

    July 24, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Jen

    only if it helps out the wealthy americans. I have parents that are retired and are worried about their SS money. This is riduclous. I will help anyone campaign to get these republicans out of office. I will NEVER EVER vote for a republican. I hope you american's are watching and paying attention to this when 2012 comes around. Can you image what a Republican president would do to this country if they can't pass this debt problem. The repukes are disgusting group of people.

    July 24, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. AAA

    Boehner is running away from the Tea Party but he is telling us that he has stopped negotiating with the president. I cannot imagine the House Speaker bening pushed by the Tea Party. Do what you do is good for our country. If your lose your support in the future, so be it. at least you will be doing something good for your country.

    July 24, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Howard

    Continually spending more than you have is simply bad judgment.
    Since Obama took office, only 2 1/2 years ago, our National debt. has risen
    from 9 trillion to 14 trillion. This unprecedented enormous debt. is due to
    irresponsible, out of control spending. Efforts to cut spending, and refuse
    an increase on the debt ceiling, is reasonable, and necessary to reverse
    our economic catastrophe. Obama has spent more money in the past 2 1/2
    years, than all of the presidents who came before him, combined.
    Save America ... Dump Obama now !!!

    July 24, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. CBO

    LMAO at all the Progressive comments. Until your side actually comes up with a plan that the CBO can score, I suggest you stop riding in the wagon and help the rest of us actually paying the lion shares of taxes to PULL.

    July 24, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. B

    This guy should lose his job as he is a total incompetent as is Cantor and McConell !

    July 24, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Wise1Speak


    Once President Clinton took office in January 1993, corporations and the rich begin to enjoy a financial boom, while the middle-class made out okay. Then President Bush took over in January 2001 and corporations & the rich continued their happy times, and with lesser taxes and lesser sacrifice. However, the middle-class begun to spiral downward under Bush-II until it led to the economic crash of 2007-2009. So much so that when President Obama took over January-2009, the nation was already losing 700,000 jobs per month.

    Now, less than 6-months since the Tea Party Republican 2010 takeover of the House, they have not passed a single jobs bill as promised. But the Tea Party has blocked and obstructed all Obama & Democratic initiatives to spur the economy; and the Tea Party has consistently sided to protect millionaires and corporations at the expense of hardworking middle-class Americans.

    And now, the Tea Party Republicans are openly acknowledging that they would rather see the nation default on its debts that would risk a global economic catastrophe, as oppose to asking the rich to make the same sacrifices as all other Americans. THE MIDDLE-CLASS NEED TO VOTE THE REPUBLICANS OUT IN NOVEMBER 2012!

    July 24, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. bb

    Cut, cap, & Balance puts the burden of funding most programs on those than can least afford it – the dwindling middle class, poor, and our seniors. Sections of this bill also fly against proven economic theory. It will shut this economy down at the expense of average citizens who are already hurting.

    Shame on you Republicans!

    July 24, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. 100% ETH

    No more, Monkey see, Monkey do games.

    When the Table spins, my heads too.

    July 24, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    it is not that hard people. The Debt ceiling has been raised so many times in the past, and without all this theater. I know who is not on the side of the American People. The Republican party has gone so far off the track....I don't think it will ever come back.

    July 24, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    Why not just raise the debt limit to $100 TRLLION??? We're good for it aren't we? OR rather our kids, grand kids and great grand kids are good for it right? Can't we just live it up now, give everybody freebies and force the unborn residents of this country to pay for it?

    Welcome to the Democrat plan. Total fiscal insanity.

    Or is it the Democrat plan to try and take ALL of the income from the top 2% in this country? Fact is even if they did that there wouldn't be enough to cover the deficit. So the next target is big, bad, evil business. Well, we already have one of the highest business tax rate on the planet. But since the Dermocrats only have a class warfare tax strategy, business KNOWS they have a tax bulls eye on them by the Democrats. Do you now begin to understand why businesses aren't hiriing people as long as Obama is in the Whitehouse and Democrats control the Senate?

    July 24, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. MiamiC

    "My last offer is on the table" ? This debt discussion thing is not a negotiation, its a problem solving. There is no such thing as a "last offer, take it or leave it". At the conclusion of this episode there must be a solution, period, or all their names are mud. Imagine laying on an operating table with a bursting appendix, and the last minute the doctor says "I'll do the appendix if you pay up front and sign off on that gall bladder that I messed up last year, and thats my final offer". I think Boehner has it all wrong.

    July 24, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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