December 5th, 2012
07:36 PM ET
10 years ago

House Republicans stick with Boehner on fiscal cliff

Washington (CNN) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has faced tricky negotiations before.

He bargained with President Barack Obama and the Democratic-led Senate over the debt ceiling, funding the government and extending tax cuts. In every case, the speaker's boisterous conference of conservatives refused to fall in line, resisting almost every major concession Boehner tried to put on the table to extract something for his side.


Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. CBR

    Speaker Boehner needs to get the GOP reps behind him. It seems that it would be easier to tax the 1% and then to try to work out deals in March or April. Get over the first hurdle and then be prepared to move on. All of this fuss is really not necessary. Remember that lots of American millionaires gave huge sums to the pacs supporting Mr. Romney. IT is now time for them to help their country to move forward.

    December 5, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Pete

    Boehner is starting to cave and his career depends on it..If he doesn't give in to tax hikes on the wealthy as himself and others his constituents will make him the scapegoat. He and his republican collegues will be saying adios come midterms and what's funny is now Norquists pledge is sounding kind of hollow doesn't it!!It's either work with Pres.Obama and maybe have a job or rail with Norquists and most certainly all republicans lose not only their jobs but possibly their party as we know it after midterms...The choice is theirs and its time to act or see their eventual demise come 2014,Democrates and Pres.Obama are going on with or without republicans, the message can't be any plainer and now you're seeing the president I warned you about,he's not the pushover he's been in the past,have fun I am!!

    December 5, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    If they do not pass–every one's taxes go up–then they are in trouble in 2014. Entire the congress will be fired just like November 6th. True.

    December 5, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |

    Hold firm House Republicans. Obama is deluded into thinking he has all the power. He does not. Nothing gets passed into law with out passing the House. Republicans can not get 100% of what they want, neither can Obama if the House holds firm. Does Obama want a recession on his record even if Republicans get most of the blame? Republicans have been ready to sit down and talk since the day the election ended. So far Obama has only run around the country campaigning and refuses to sit and talk until Republicans give in. What a joke of a leader.

    December 5, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Gregory M. Newbold

    The DNCC needs to start running ads defining "what a Republican believes" now to box the GOP in. This will help them in the 2014 elections.

    December 5, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Sequestration is the only solution. Let it happen.

    December 5, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. Ken

    It's not just the US that will be affected. The whole world is watching and we will all be affected – and we WILL remember!
    I wonder how Boehner (and his lik) will enjoy being the most hated man in the world if he doesn't accept that the tax rates on the wealthy HAVE to go up and a deal isn't reached. That was the platform on which the winning presidential
    candidate ran – and won!

    Get over yourselves, John and the Republicans!

    December 5, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Phillip M, Levy

    The GOP is fighting for 2% of the population, at the expences of 98% of the people,and they really think that is going to get them into the White House in 2016.

    December 5, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Thomas

    What about Paul Ryan ?

    Corporations are people too !

    December 5, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |

    Johnny Boy is really going to cry in Jan when the new Congress is sworn in and that little snake Cantor knocks him off as speaker. Serves him right for being so spineless.

    December 5, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. Luke Brown

    Republicans need to stop playing politics with our country's future. They are responsible for the deficit by giving trillions in tax cuts to the rich.... and .oh yeah, a couple of pointless wars.

    December 5, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. Ed1

    Why not you guys started this with your out of control spending and the last Congress and the 2012 Congress was elected to stop the spending.

    We can't spend more than we make without going to jail this might be a good time for you Bozos to act the same way.

    We must make out government accountable for their out of control spending and it's about time to start with a balanced budget for a change.

    Right now every 18 year old has $50,000 of debt that they will have to pay think about it time to stop all the abuse with government giveaways.

    Why should I have to pay for babies that I don't have anything to do with if you don't want a baby get fixed, start birth control, and don't have sex and you not me should have to pay for you abortions and birth control time for you to be held accountable too,

    December 5, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  13. victor

    Tea party publicans are the problem for Boehner and America.

    December 6, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  14. CWood

    Obama never intended to help the middle class and small businesses. He has no desire to cut any spending to bring down the deficit. His goal was always to fall of the fiscal cliff. He doesn't have what it takes to be a true leader and negotiate what is best for the people and this country.He just wants to dictate. And all the people that voted for him believed his lies and now everyone will pay higher taxes and more jobs will be lost. When JOBS are the only thing that is going to get us out of this mess.

    December 6, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  15. Barbara Keiser

    John Boehner and all if the senate and congress need to do their jobs and do them effectively for the American people and America. I believe Americans have spoken. All if the elected officials whom refuse to do their elected duty should be fired. Go try to work in the public sector. You are so spoiled by your government job. Remember who pays our salary your benefits retirement healthcare etc.

    December 6, 2012 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  16. ghost

    That is fine. When you get aroung to raising RATES you will have the respect of America and the World. Until then.........

    December 6, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  17. Marie MD

    Good, stick with the disgusting weeper of the house. That cliff you see n front of you is your early retirement in 2014 and beyond if the middle class and the seniors that ar part of the 47% and they still don't get finally get it!!! Wait until your Medicare and Social Security decreases or your paycheck is less while the rich keep getting richer.
    Keep sticking it to the country.

    December 6, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |