Switch to Desktop Site

John Boehner plays down setback of his fiscal 'fallback' plan

House Speaker John Boehner acknowledged Friday that too many GOP lawmakers saw his bill, which would have let tax cuts lapse for millionaires, as a tax hike. But the setback won't affect 'fiscal cliff' talks with Obama, he says.


Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) of Ohio, joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) of Virginia, speaks to reporters about the fiscal cliff negotiations at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 21.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

About these ads

A day of rhetorical bluster in the House of Representatives ended with a slap-dash rush for the exits Thursday, as conflict among Republicans appeared to upend the course of ongoing talks between Speaker John Boehner and President Obama to avoid the package of tax hikes and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff.”

On Friday, Mr. Boehner argued that the vote debacle did not signal any changes for better or worse in his stalled negotiations with Mr. Obama.

"Nobody ought to read anything into this. We've got differences, but the country's got big spending problems and we've got to get serious about addressing them," Boehner said Friday. "The president knows that I've always been able to deliver on any promise I've made with him."


Page 1 of 4