Skip to comments.The Reaction to Boehner Ending Talks With White House (Cantor, McConnell, Reid, Pelosi, Hoyer)
Posted on 07/22/2011 5:12:56 PM PDT by markomalley
Congressional leadership reacted on Friday after House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio., ended debt limit talks with the White House.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.:
"Tonight, months after we had begun negotiations with President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the Administration, Speaker Boehner and I are ending discussions with the White House and beginning conversations with Senate leaders in the hopes of finding a solution to the debt limit debate in order to avoid default. Throughout the months of discussions, we have worked to identify real spending cuts, binding budget reforms, structural changes to save our entitlement programs, and significant debt reduction. Unfortunately, time and again these talks have reached an impasse for one reason: the Democrats insistence on raising taxes on small businesses and working families. We must get Washingtons fiscal house in order, but with millions of Americans out of work, the worst thing Washington can do is to raise taxes on those we need to start hiring again. Washington has a spending problem, and until that is fixed, raising taxes is simply asking the American people to send more money to be spent inefficiently.
"In recent days, Speaker Boehner and I have engaged in discussions at the White House with the goal of doing something big to address our debt crisis, just as we did in the House Republican Budget. During these discussions, it became clear that the White House has a fundamental philosophical difference about how we stop spending, begin to get our fiscal house in order and manage down our debt. Contrary to news reports, a deal was never reached with the White House and a deal was never close with the White House especially after the President insisted on more tax revenue after the Gang of Six plan was released. America will pay its bills and meet its obligations, and in coming days we will offer a path forward that meets the Presidents request for a debt limit increase, manages down the debt, and achieves serious spending cuts."
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.:
Speaker Boehner has informed us that he will work on a new path forward with Leader Reid to develop a solution that will prevent default, without job killing tax hikes, while substantially reducing Washington spending, McConnell said in a statement. As Ive said before, its time now for the debate to move out of a room in the White House and on to the House and Senate floors where we can debate the best approach to reducing the nations unsustainable debt.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.:
Republicans have once again proven unable to overcome their ideological opposition to ending taxpayer-funded giveaways for millionaires, corporate jet owners and oil companies. I applaud President Obama for insisting that any deal to reduce our deficit be balanced between cuts and revenues. We must avert a default at all costs, so it is time to reengage in bipartisan talks on an agreement that at least accomplishes that goal. I agree with President Obama that a short-term extension is unacceptable.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.:
"Speaker Boehner's adult moment is long overdue.
"Our economy, our children's education, our seniors' security and our nation's fiscal soundness require that we act without further delay.
"Democrats have been prepared to support President Obama's call for a grand bargain, which enables us to create jobs, protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
"We are prepared to compromise consistent with our values, but we will not accept a short-term extension that compromises our economic security."
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.:
House Republicans have said from the start that tax increases cannot pass through the House. This is a fundamental point of contention, and we will not allow more policies to be enacted that will further damage our economy and endanger job creation.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.:
Unfortunately, included in Speaker Boehners offer was an unrelated demand that a portion of the Affordable Care Act be repealed - which would neither help America pay its bills or reduce the deficit.
By once again walking away, Republicans have put at risk Americas ability to pay its bills. Every American is also put at risk by this action said Hoyer in a statement, adding, The markets have made clear that a short-term extension is not sufficient and would result in very serious consequences.
Unfortunately, included in Speaker Boehners offer was an unrelated demand that a portion of the Affordable Care Act be repealed
I think that was the part where the government was supposed to pay for long term care for everyone.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.:
“Speaker Boehner’s adult moment is long overdue.
Man, she needs to be put in her place. Why do republicans take this crap?
Reid was chosen to talk about corporate jets. I wish Boehner would come out and say “We’re all for killing the corporate jet deduction. Now, will you get onto something else?”
We are all awaiting Ms. Pelosi’s human moment.
“Interesting comment by Hoyer here:
Unfortunately, included in Speaker Boehners offer was an unrelated demand that a portion of the Affordable Care Act be repealed”
Thank you for bringing this wonderful nugget to light. It looked like nobody in DC was working for repeal. This is truly excellent news.
They finally may have cut off the blood flow.
Boner should say, well we started by grounding Pelosi’s free jet. Zer0’s is next on the list, just after the Wookie’s.
God only asks for 10% tithe. Obama thinks he and the government are more important than God.
That would be scary if it wasn’t real.
I called every number for Speaker Boehner I could find and all message boxes were full (I pray they are full of thanks).
I tried to email and then fax him, all to no avail.
I turned to Rep Cantor. When I finally reached a not full message box, it was for someone else’s voice mail. I wanted to leave a thank you but when I started to speak, I became very teary.
I left a blubbering - I thank the Republican leadership for standing tough. I thank you on behalf of my husband and myself. I thank you on behalf of my children and I especially thank you on behalf of my grandchildren. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
The rhetoric about the rhetoric is so typical. BOHICA forever more....
We don’t want to kill the corporate jet deduction. It’s a bonafide business expense, just like any other form of travel expense. Where does the gubmint draw the line? There are numerous luxury-type modes of travel.
Do we take away custom land-cruiser RV’s from rock stars because they’re expensive and get poor fuel efficiency?
Do we close down all FBO’s because airplanes are expensaive and therefore should not get an expense deduction?
Just make the gubmit spend according to the constitution and all will be well. All this talk about corporate jets is subterfuge and attempted class-envy generation by idiot dims!
The markets have made clear that a short-term extension is not sufficient and would result in very serious consequences.
But one thats gets us just past BO’s reelection will. BO must have had his hand up steny’s backside saying this.
I do not understand why it is not being talked about that Reid stopped the discussion on CCB today and would not let it come to the floor to be discussed
Colonel West did not take any crap from the DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Who would want to work with such vile, despicable cretins?
It's more of the same Rat pablum: Big Oil, Corporate Jets, Millionaires, scaring old people and the Children.
Guy goes into a bar, there's a robot bartender.
The robot says, "What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini." The robot brings back the best martini ever and says to the man, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "168". The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology.
The guy leaves, but he is curious, so he goes back into the bar. The robot bartender says," What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini". Again, the robot makes a great martini, gives it to the man and says, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "100." The robot then starts to talk about NASCAR, Budweiser and John Deere tractors.
The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try it one more time. He goes back into the bar. The robot says, "What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini", and the robot brings him another great martini. The robot then says, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "Uh, about 50." The robot leans in real close and says, "So, you people still happy you voted for Obama?"
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