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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:45 PM

Boehner Hints At Another Debt Limit Fight Next Year

BRIAN BEUTLER DECEMBER 13, 2012, 1:12 PM 3512

House Speaker John Boehner passed up two opportunities Thursday to rule out bringing up a vote on legislation to extend middle income tax cuts, allowing the Bush tax cuts for top earners to expire. But he suggested that if the year ends without a broader agreement between himself and President Obama, he’ll use the debt limit to provoke a new round of budget negotiations.

Asked at his Thursday Capitol briefing if he categorically refuses to advance legislation extending the middle-income Bush tax cuts, Boehner acknowledged that “the law of the land today is that everyone’s income taxes are going to go up on Jan. 1. I’ve made it clear that I think that is unacceptable. But until we get this issue resolved, that risk remains.”

Pressed again in a followup question, he kept his options open.

“My goal is to get to an agreement with the President of the United States that addresses this problem,” he said.

If Boehner’s forced to extend middle-income tax cuts only, it’s unlikely that Congress will raise the debt limit before the end of the year. That, he suggested, will allow him to reopen negotiations with Obama early next year.

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DonViejo Dec 2012 OP
Downwinder Dec 2012 #1
rbixby Dec 2012 #2
Proud Liberal Dem Dec 2012 #4
MrYikes Dec 2012 #3
Proud Liberal Dem Dec 2012 #5
Filibuster Harry Dec 2012 #6

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:48 PM

1. The last one worked so well for them.

No Republicans in 2014.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:03 PM

2. But wasn't there a provision for the president to raise it himself somehow?

I remember there being some kind of circuitous route for the president to just allow it to be raised without congress.

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Response to rbixby (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:14 PM

4. That was part of the last debt ceiling deal and it only lasted until the end of this year

Unfortunately.

Frankly, I think that we should scrap the whole idea and/or give the power to raise it to the Treasury. It really makes no sense at all for us to have to keep fighting over this. Of course, now that the Republicans got their first taste playing with this new "toy" last year has only made them want to do it more. Hell, they're even trying to get out of the LAST deal that they made to resolve the LAST fight over the debt ceiling. What are they hoping to get out of another battle?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:12 PM

3. He is only squealing for his piglets,

Obama needs to tell him:
65% on all income over 250k
90% on all investment income over $1 mil.
90% estate tax
no more charity deduction

Do away with Obamacare and Medicaid.

Medicare will be extended for all Americans

All military bases in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas will close.

Now we're under the debt ceiling so do what you want Johnnie.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:15 PM

5. Hints?

They're openly talking about it and at least one conservative pundit think it's a good idea!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:18 PM

6. Hey , Boehner is going to shut the government down. Get ready for it. I think this is

suicide for the Rs. Get ready Johnnie to be the WORST speaker of the house in US history.

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