John Boehner stuck to his guns
Politico reports that the two sides have each rejected the other’s position. It looks like it’s over:
In a statement released by the Ohio Republican Saturday night — just a day before talks with Obama — Boehner said the “White House will not pursue a bigger debt reduction agreement without tax hikes.”
“I believe the best approach may be to focus on producing a smaller measure, based on the cuts identified in the Biden-led negotiations, that still meets our call for spending reforms and cuts greater than the amount of any debt limit increase,” Boehner said in the statement…
A Republican close to Boehner said he and the president spoke by phone earlier in the evening before Boehner issued his statement. While stepping back from the larger package, the speaker was described as still insisting that any increase in the debt ceiling in August be matched dollar-for-dollar by deficit reduction measures.
Amen! Playing the Democrats game, which is playing politics would have gotten us nothing worthwhile.