Boehner Falls on The Sword: All Tax, No CutsSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 01/01/2013 - 21:37
By Lori Montgomery and Rosalind S. Helderman
In a second meeting with GOP members Tuesday, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) outlined the options for handling the Senate plan while explaining the high “risk” involved with approving a different bill that might die in the other chamber, according to lawmakers exiting the evening session. Such an outcome could make the House GOP the public face of a failed effort to avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts and possibly cause a public outcry as taxes on every American worker would jump.
No decision was made about how to proceed in the House, and it remained unclear whether a vote would be held. Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), said he and Cantor “laid out options to the members and listened to feedback. The lack of spending cuts in the Senate bill was a universal concern amongst members in today’s meeting. Conversations with members will continue throughout the afternoon on the path forward.”
People who attended the meeting said Boehner mostly listened to the concerns, though he declined to take a clear position.