Boehner on Averting Fiscal Cliff: "God Only Knows"

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner says he's still open to talks with President Barack Obama on avoiding the double economic hit of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts but he needs Obama to compromise more.

Boehner spoke to reporters Friday morning, hours after his rank-and-file Republicans handed him a bitter defeat. Boehner was forced to pull his bill to raise taxes on millionaires because he didn't have the votes for passage.

He said he didn't know how the so-called "fiscal cliff" would be avoided. Said Boehner: "How we get there, God only knows."

Boehner expressed no concern about his standing as speaker.

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  • Report this Comment On December 21, 2012, at 11:02 AM, Shades242 wrote:

    "but he needs Obama to compromise more". ??

    Who is he kidding. He just tripped up his part of the Kibuki dance and fell on his face. He needs to get the "tea - baggers" to compromise, period!!

  • Report this Comment On December 21, 2012, at 11:53 AM, mdk0611 wrote:

    With spending cut proposals that for the most part are nonexistant, vague or utter BS (possible change to the SS COLA formula being a minor exception) Boehner didn't have much to offer them.

    What's been underreported is the fact that the entitlement reforms and spending cuts proposed have been a SMALL fraction of what every bipartisan group (Simpson-Bowles, Rivlin-Dominici, Concord Coalition) says is needed. The rate issue is something that's easy for a lazy, biased media to focus on.

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