Boehner Discusses Divide on Budget Ahead of Floor Debates

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Boehner Discusses Divide on Budget Ahead of Floor Debates


Gardner, Lauren, Roll Call


As lawmakers in both chambers prepare to debate competing budget plans this week, much space remains between Democrats and Republicans on the best way to spur job growth while staving off a debt crisis.

While President Barack Obama's outreach to members of Congress last week was a helpful relationship-building exercise, it did little to persuade the House Republican leader to put tax increases on the negotiating table.

"When you get down the bottom line, if the president believes that we have to have more taxes from the American people, we're not going to get very far," Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

In his meetings with House and Senate Republicans last week, Obama told them that he was open to many compromises on entitlements if they would identify tax loopholes and other revenue raisers that they would accept.

Boehner said he agrees with Obama's view that the country's debt is not an imminent problem. However, they differ on whether policymakers should act now to rein in entitlement programs that are projected to run out of money in the coming years. …

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