Boehner on averting fiscal cliff: ‘God only knows’

Boehner on averting fiscal cliff: ‘God only knows’

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 20: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) arrives at his weekly news conference December 20, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Speaker Boehner spoke on the latest development of the fiscal cliff issue and the "Plan B" that the House will vote on this evening. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Posted on December 21, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 8:30 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner says he’s still open to talks with President Barack Obama on avoiding the double economic hit of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts but he needs Obama to compromise more.

Boehner spoke to reporters Friday morning, hours after his rank-and-file Republicans handed him a bitter defeat. Boehner was forced to pull his bill to raise taxes on millionaires because he didn’t have the votes for passage.

He said he didn’t know how the so-called “fiscal cliff” would be avoided. Said Boehner: “How we get there, God only knows.”

Boehner expressed no concern about his standing as speaker.

 

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