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Boehner tells GOP hes through with one-on-one Obama talks
The Hill ^ | January 2, 2013 | Russell Berman

Posted on 01/02/2013 2:25:55 PM PST by jazusamo

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is signaling that at least one thing will change about his leadership during the 113th Congress: He’s telling Republicans he is done with private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama.

During both 2011 and 2012, the Speaker spent weeks shuttling between the Capitol and the White House for meetings with the president in the hopes of striking a grand bargain on the deficit.

Those efforts ended in failure, leaving Boehner feeling burned by Obama and, at times, isolated within his conference.

In closed-door meetings since leaving the “fiscal cliff” talks two weeks ago, lawmakers and aides say the Speaker has indicated he is abandoning that approach for good and will return fully to the normal legislative process in 2013 — seeking to pass bills through the House that can then be adopted, amended or reconciled by the Senate.

"He is recommitting himself and the House to what we've done, which is working through regular order and letting the House work its will,” an aide to the Speaker told The Hill.

The shift could have immediate ramifications as Congress heads into its next showdown over raising the debt ceiling and replacing steep automatic cuts to defense and domestic spending that are now set to take effect in March. It will also impact other presidential priorities like immigration reform and gun control.

Republican lawmakers say they expect the House majority to draft and pass its own debt-ceiling proposal, which would then add pressure on the Democratic leadership in the Senate.

For Boehner in particular, it will be easier said than done.

The Speaker is ending his first term weaker than at any point during his two years with the gavel. He was unable to win enough Republican votes for his own fiscal cliff fallback plan last month, and in the final hours of the 112th Congress, watched as more than half of his conference — including his two top lieutenants in leadership — voted against the Senate’s tax compromise. Earlier Tuesday, party leaders failed to garner enough GOP support to amend the Senate bill.

And on Wednesday, he faced withering criticism from Republican House members and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) over his decision to scrap a vote on legislation providing relief to states damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Republicans in both the House and Senate are determined to confront Obama over the debt ceiling, despite the president’s repeated vows not to negotiate with Congress over increasing the nation’s borrowing authority.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a statement Wednesday making it clear that Republicans view the debt ceiling increase as an “immediate opportunity” to achieve significant spending cuts.

When Obama told Boehner in November that he wanted an increase in the debt ceiling as part of the fiscal cliff package, the Speaker replied: “Things that you want in life tend to come with a cost.”

Boehner and his aides have said the Speaker remains committed to a principle he first articulated in 2011 — that any increase in the debt limit must be accompanied by spending cuts and reforms that exceed the amount of new borrowing authority.

The Speaker is also expected to resist Obama’s push for another increase in taxes to offset the restoration of spending cuts from sequestration. “As far as we're concerned, the tax issue is off the table,” the Boehner aide said.

Conservatives, however, are likely to want even more.

“I’m looking for dramatic and drastic spending reductions,” Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) said Wednesday.

The influential editorial page of the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday urged Boehner to “from now on cease all backdoor negotiations and pursue regular legislative order.” Linking to the article, a top adviser to Boehner posted on Twitter: “That’s the plan.”

Another aide cautioned that Boehner is not cutting off all contact with the president. "It doesn't mean the Speaker isn't going to meet with the president or talk to the president" when appropriate, the aide said.

Duncan said he was encouraged by Boehner’s commitment in recent days to return to “regular order,” saying it was imperative that the House not simply accept bills driven by Democrats in the White House and the Senate.

“We have a Republican majority. We need to pass Republican bills out of the House,” Duncan said.


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KEYWORDS: boehner; debtceiling; obama; obamadebtceiling
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1 posted on 01/02/2013 2:26:03 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
John, just go away ... but he won’t.
2 posted on 01/02/2013 2:28:16 PM PST by Truth29
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To: jazusamo

Next time its a glory hole or nuthin. LOL


3 posted on 01/02/2013 2:28:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: jazusamo

How hard can it be to keep saying, “Yes, Mr. President, Sir, I’ll get right on it!”


4 posted on 01/02/2013 2:29:08 PM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: jazusamo

Boehner should be through - as Speaker - period!


5 posted on 01/02/2013 2:30:20 PM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: jazusamo

Does that include golf course chats?

Chats at the White House over lunch, over dinner?

Give us a FReepin’ break!


6 posted on 01/02/2013 2:30:25 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: jazusamo

testicles suddenly descending?


7 posted on 01/02/2013 2:30:32 PM PST by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: jazusamo

What Bonehead is saying is that he will cave on his own turf,
not cave at the White House.
This hack is going to drag the entire GOP down with him.
Get rid of him tomorrow.


8 posted on 01/02/2013 2:30:32 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: cripplecreek

LOL!


9 posted on 01/02/2013 2:30:46 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: onyx
Only four freaking years too late.

Pathetic.

10 posted on 01/02/2013 2:31:54 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: jazusamo

It is not good enough, like putting him in time out, fire him.


11 posted on 01/02/2013 2:32:13 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: onyx

Boehner GRANDSTANDING at its best! Next is the crying, worked last time.


12 posted on 01/02/2013 2:32:37 PM PST by Orange1998 (DO NOT PRESS CTRL W)
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To: onyx

Yep, if he remains Speaker it’ll be sameo-sameo.


13 posted on 01/02/2013 2:33:19 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo
It's too late
Take Cantor with you.
14 posted on 01/02/2013 2:33:30 PM PST by novemberslady
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To: jazusamo

Too little, too late!!


15 posted on 01/02/2013 2:34:08 PM PST by Forrestfire (("To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt))
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To: jazusamo

Yadda, yadda, yadda.


16 posted on 01/02/2013 2:35:04 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

17 posted on 01/02/2013 2:35:20 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Don’t You Believe It!

He’s as much of a liar as his Bath-House golfing buddy is.

We need a non-crying, strong, pricipled MALE type person as speaker...maybe Michelle Bachmann!


18 posted on 01/02/2013 2:36:17 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: jazusamo

Boehner works for Hussein.


19 posted on 01/02/2013 2:36:55 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: jazusamo
All I can say is I would hate to have Boehner's job.
20 posted on 01/02/2013 2:36:55 PM PST by what's up
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To: jazusamo

Why should we believe him now? After he’s already folded?

Boehner’s now tough talk is an attempt to save his speakership at tomorrow’s vote.


21 posted on 01/02/2013 2:38:00 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: jazusamo
"Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is signaling that at least one thing will change about his leadership during the 113th Congress: He’s telling Republicans he is done with private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama. "

WOW! This guy's a genius!

22 posted on 01/02/2013 2:38:09 PM PST by OKSooner ("The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen." - Revelation 22:21)
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To: jazusamo

John didn’t see the Obama bus with other previously used and discarded figures underneath, did he?


23 posted on 01/02/2013 2:39:41 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Mortrey
We need a non-crying, strong, pricipled MALE type person as speaker...maybe Michelle Bachmann!

She's certainly got more fight in her than Johnny the Jellyfish..
24 posted on 01/02/2013 2:39:53 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Orange1998

Yep, 96 tears.

Just go away. Resign and cry.


25 posted on 01/02/2013 2:40:02 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: clintonh8r
testicles suddenly descending?

Unlikely. More like a desperate attempt to save his precious speaker spot.

Let's hope the few real congressmen see through the BS.

26 posted on 01/02/2013 2:40:24 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: gov_bean_ counter

He’s too weak, but likely not too weak to resign.
Weeper of the House.


27 posted on 01/02/2013 2:41:17 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: jazusamo

BS walks.


28 posted on 01/02/2013 2:41:42 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: jazusamo

He’s a lame duck now.


29 posted on 01/02/2013 2:42:21 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: jazusamo
OK I will say right off I didn't read this whole article. Got to this point and stopped....He’s telling Republicans he is done with private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama. WHAT ONE ON ONE NEGOTIATIONS DID BOO HOO HAVE WITH THE KING? Golf? WHAT HE IS THROUGH SO NOW HE WILL JUST GIVE IN RIGHT OFF?? FUJB
30 posted on 01/02/2013 2:42:21 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: jazusamo
Just have a good cry, John and it'll be all good.

Maybe you'll even be speaker again,... as a DemoRat.

31 posted on 01/02/2013 2:43:05 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: jazusamo

-— As part of the fiscal cliff package, the Speaker replied: “Things that you want in life tend to come with a cost.” -—

Zzzzzzzzz...


32 posted on 01/02/2013 2:44:00 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: jazusamo

lol. Is this a joke


33 posted on 01/02/2013 2:45:24 PM PST by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: jazusamo

a little fn late


34 posted on 01/02/2013 2:46:30 PM PST by rolling_stone
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To: jazusamo

Let’s assume Johnnie is telling the truth, should he be speaker even though he never got barry was lying?
Seriously, how can anyone be that stupid?


35 posted on 01/02/2013 2:47:38 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: jazusamo

Won’t defend Boner, but just imagine trying to conduct an honest negotiation with a drugged out street hustler who could care less. Note the asshole flew back to Hawaii (costing us more the $7MIL) and didn’t even bother to sign the GD ripoff bill everyone else was in such a big hurry to pass.


36 posted on 01/02/2013 2:47:45 PM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: onyx

He’s a lame duck now.

Yep. And that is the real issue. If he retains his speakership, the only
thing he will lead now is a wipe-out of The GOP in 2014.
Give someone else the chance to unite the party.
Like u said, he is a lame duck.


37 posted on 01/02/2013 2:48:28 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: jazusamo

Right. They both need to go.


38 posted on 01/02/2013 2:48:51 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: jazusamo

How many times has he done this? What’s the old saying? “Fool me once. . . .”

Not even a jerk like Boner could make the same mistake a hundred times in a row. Ergo, it was deliberate.


39 posted on 01/02/2013 2:48:51 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jazusamo
So, he has just now figured out that Obama is a liar and has been playing him off against the Conservatives in his own caucus.

Time to go, you foolish man...

40 posted on 01/02/2013 2:49:31 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: onyx

The Tears of a Clown...


41 posted on 01/02/2013 2:50:31 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: jazusamo
The House creates NO Legislation or Spending/Budget Bills anymore....that's passe.

Now, they generate paper for the Senate shredders, and Harry Reid tells them what they can have....and they ALWAYS go along with it.

They probably did more as a Minority in the House than they've done as a Majority, because Harry Reid and The Messiah just shove what they want up there asses, and they vote "YES!"

42 posted on 01/02/2013 2:50:33 PM PST by traditional1 (Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: onyx
Does that include golf course chats?

Chats at the White House over lunch....

When they compare tans (boner usually wins that contest)

43 posted on 01/02/2013 2:50:36 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: jazusamo

Slow learner


44 posted on 01/02/2013 2:50:46 PM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Yeah. In Boehner & McConnel's deal, each $1 in cuts are going to cost $41 in new taxes.

What a bargain! ....................... [/s]


45 posted on 01/02/2013 2:50:52 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: doorgunner69

I will be the most surprised FReeper ever if Bonehead is not re elected to the Speaker position.

Everyone...we are dealing with the Republican establishment here...Bonehead is in no jeopardy of losing his position.


46 posted on 01/02/2013 2:51:54 PM PST by Cuttnhorse (God made man but Sam Colt made them equal)
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To: jazusamo
phuque yoo, bonehead !

Clinton said put ice on it, and you say you're done with one on one talks with the muzzie mulatto

phuque yoo both.

AFTER you pull the trigger you say oops?

47 posted on 01/02/2013 2:58:20 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: jazusamo

Whoever suggested Alan West take over had a good idea. He’s better equipped than Boehner, I don’t think Obama could handle West as easy as he does Boehner. It would be a head on confrontation for sure, the same goes for Reid and Biden. I don’t see West as the usual insider political opportunist that permeates the halls of Congress. I wish he would move to another district, preferable in the SWF area.


48 posted on 01/02/2013 2:58:34 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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To: jazusamo

I called both my Senators today....and told their “people” I’m done with the GOP-E. I’ve been a registered Pubbie forever....but I’m changing ASAP. And I’m suggesting to my family they do the same. I think most will do what I will do...as they aren’t at all happy either.


49 posted on 01/02/2013 3:00:24 PM PST by Osage Orange ( Liberalism, ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: jazusamo

Translation: “I ain’t gonna get on my knees as a WH fluffer no more...”


50 posted on 01/02/2013 3:01:09 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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