During an interview Thursday at the Washington Ideas Forum, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) accused President Obama of going into full-on campaign mode and giving up on any efforts to compromise with Republicans.
“We’re legislating, he’s campaigning,” Boehner said. “Its very disappointing.”
“It takes two to tango, and I’ve reached out to the president,” Boehner added. “You have to have a willing partner.”
In an odd juxtaposition, Boehner’s remarks coincided with a major White House press conference in which Obama again pushed his jobs bill and said that Republicans’ intransigence had made compromise impossible.
“I’ve gone out of my way to work with Republicans, find common ground and move this country forward,” Obama said within minutes of Boehner saying the exact opposite.
The primary hangup between the two parties is whether some form of tax increases should be included in a broader economic stimulus package. Obama has proposed raising taxes on millionaires, and Democrats on the so-called supercommittee tasked with crafting a deficit reduction program have pushed for tax increases there as well. Republicans, however, have balked at any tax increases.
Three weeks ago, Boehner said in a press conference that Washington had to do away with the, “my way or the highway philosophy.” Yet in that same speech, Boehner firmly shut the door on any tax increases saying they were, “not a viable option for the Joint Committee.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to Boehner’s criticism via Twitter Thursday afternoon.
“Dear Mr. Speaker: you refuse to hold a vote on the Jobs Act, a mainstream bill that would boost economy & jobs now. That’s legislating?”
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