Boehner: Get `Serious’ on Spending — White House: `Very Specific’

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves his office and walks to the House floor to deliver remarks about negotiations with President Obama on the fiscal cliff, on Dec. 11, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

House Speaker John Boehner says he’s still waiting for the White House to get “serious” about spending cuts.

“Where are the president’s spending cuts?” Boehner, an Ohio Republican, asked on the House floor toda, adding that he is still “hopeful” the two can reach a budget agreement before the end of the year.

“The longer the White House slow-walks this process, the closer” the economy gets to the so-called fiscal cliff of  more than $600 million of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect in January, the speaker and lead negotiator in talks with the president said.

“Right now the American people have to be scratching their heads and wondering: When is the president going to be serious?” Boehner said on the House floor.

On Twitter, the White House was ready with a response.

“The irony of this is that the White House offer had very specific cuts, the GOP counter-offer had almost none,” Dan Pfeiffer, communications director for President Barack Obama, said in his Twitter message.

Roger Runningen contributed from the White House, Richard Rubin and Roxana Tiron from the Capitol.

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