House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) explained in an interview with the Associated Press why he is not engaging in talks with Democratic leadership over the looming sequester as he did over the debt ceiling late last year.

House Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo)

“Frankly, every time I’ve gotten into one of these high-profile negotiations, you know, it’s my rear end that got burnt,” the Republican leader said. It's up to the White House and Senate, he said, to come up with a solution.