Boehner Dismisses Obama’s Proposal To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

WASHINGTON (November 30, 2012)—U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Friday President Barack Obama's proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff by boosting revenue by $1.6 trillion over the next decade would deal a "crippling blow" to the economy and would leave the nation's debt problems unresolved.

He said talks between administration officials and congressional leaders have gone "almost nowhere."

Even so, the Ohio Republican said Friday that he wants to continue working with the president to avoid hundreds of billions in tax increases and spending cuts that will begin in January unless negotiators find a way to head them off.

In visits on Thursday to congressional leaders, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner presented the administration proposal.

Besides tax boosts, it also called for fresh spending to help the jobless, and savings next year from benefit programs.

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