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Boehner: Democrats need to propose spending cuts

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 29, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.


House Speaker John Boehner Ohio, left, talks with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, during a news conference after a closed strategy session.

— After meeting with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, House Speaker John Boehner said Democrats still haven’t recommended cuts to government benefit programs as part of a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

Boehner said the meeting was frank and direct, but gave no indication of any progress toward averting the blend of tax increases and spending cuts due to hit at the turn of the year.

The Ohio Republican noted that the GOP has agreed to higher revenues as part of any deal, but only if accompanied by serious spending cuts.

Democrats have said they are open to savings from Medicare and Medicaid, but so far have given no indication of what changes they will accept.

Geithner also was meeting with other congressional leaders in both houses, as was senior White House aide Rob Nabors.

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Dontcallmenames says... November 29, 2012 at 12:10 p.m.

This is not what Obama voters wanted...they want more "Santa Claus"! Why this talk about cutting benefits? The "takers" in America voted so just keep redistributing more and more. Print more money but we gotta keep those food stamps and Obama-phones coming!

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TomN says... November 29, 2012 at 12:23 p.m.

Why am I not surprised? Is any one seriously thinking that Democrats will cut any thing from "give-away" programs? Yes, Democrats still believe Santa Claus exists, and that it's more blessed to take than give. Welcome to Obama land!

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LETSBEREALISTIC says... November 29, 2012 at 12:38 p.m.

The Democrats are to blame for America's situation. Just look at the likes of Pelosi, Reid and Obama, no budget, spending grown at record speed (size of Gov up 50% in last 4 years. I afraid it will be later than sooner when the unknowing Democratic electorate discovers that money really doesn't grow on tree and value doesn't come out of printing presses, and they will wake up one morning looking at "Greece" style America and wonder what happened, well look in the mirror you fools did it!

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... November 29, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

So me the cuts.

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T6 says... November 29, 2012 at 6:10 p.m.

The DemocRats don't want spending cuts, they want MORE MONEY to spend and redistribute. The Obots are going to love it when their President confiscates their 401K and redistributes

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FreeSpiritMan says... November 29, 2012 at 9:47 p.m.

brado.....You ignorance is showing, Ronny RayGun started the free phones, just do your research and engage brain before mouth.

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FreeSpiritMan says... November 29, 2012 at 9:55 p.m.

T6...You need to do the same as brado, with your brain and mouth.

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T6 says... November 30, 2012 at 9:07 p.m.

BillSmith.....I didn't know there were FREE cell phones back then. Just like every helpful program the Republicans start, the DemocRat party morphs it into giveaways and WE PAY FOR IT. You suffer from rectal cranium insertion.

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RonalFos says... November 30, 2012 at 9:53 p.m.

Democrats would be stupid to propose spending cuts. If they did and Republicans accepted them, then Republicans would make headlines out of it during the next elections. Democrats cut Social Security - Democrats cut Medicare, etc. Republicans should state cuts they want and if they convince Dems to agreeing, then the consequences would fall in the correct place.

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