Boehner: Don’t blame us


Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) walks to his office on Capitol Hill December 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) bristled at President Obama's claim Sunday morning that Republicans were holding up a deal on the "fiscal cliff." 

"Americans elected President Obama to lead, not cast blame," Boehner said.

He went on to blame Obama and Senate Democrats for the current situation, with no deal yet and automatic spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect in two days. 

"The president’s comments today are ironic, as a recurring theme of our negotiations was his unwillingness to agree to anything that would require him to stand up to his own party," Boehner said. "We've been reasonable and responsible. The president is the one who has never been able to get to ‘yes.’" 

On "Meet the Press," Obama said that he had met Republicans more than halfway with offers to cut spending and reform entitlements, but that they "have had trouble saying yes." 

As he has before, Boehner argued that Senate Democrats should act on a bill passed by the House earlier this year that would extend all of the Bush tax cuts. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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