Boehner to Senate: ‘Off Their Ass’

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, left, answers questions during a press conference with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Feb. 26, 2013 in Washington.

House Speaker John Boehner today accused President Barack Obama of using the military as a “prop” to campaign for a tax increase in the debate over federal spending cuts that will take effect March 1.

Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said the House won’t act to replace the automatic cuts until the Senate “gets off their ass” to pass a plan.

“If the Senate acts, I’m sure the House will act quickly,” Boehner told reporters in Washington today

Boehner said Obama isn’t “focused” on finding a solution to averting $85 billion in federal spending cuts over the final seven months of the fiscal year, and $1.2 trillion over nine years.

Obama is traveling to a shipyard in Newport News, Virginia, today to talk about the effects of the automatic spending cuts.

The president is more interested in “holding rallies” than negotiating to find a way to avert the spending reductions, Boehner said.

Jim Rowley contributed to this report.

 

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