Obama: `Gone Halfway’ in Cliff Talks — Boehner: `They’ve Done Nothing’

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Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama before a budget meeting at the White House.

“I did my part,” House Speaker John Boehner said today, holding his hand to his chest. “They’ve done nothing.”

“I have gone at least halfway in meeting some of the Republicans’ concerns,” President Barack Obama maintained yesterday, in a brief news conference at the White House, “recognizing that even though we campaigned on these issues, even though the majority of Americans agree with me that we should be raising taxes on the wealthiest few as a means of reducing the deficit, I have also said that I’m willing to identify some spending cuts.”

“I don’t think the White House has gotten serious about the serious spending problem we have,” Boehner said at his own brief appearance before reporters in the Capitol today.

As for the likelihood of any direct conversations between the two, who have met in person or by phone five times but not since Boehner rolled out his “Plan B” alternative to the talks headed for a House vote this evening, it’s not good.

“I am not aware of any additional conversations,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at the White House today.

Margaret Talev contributed to this report. 

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