House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday the fiscal cliff talks are still stalled because President Obama hasn’t come forward with a real plan.
“The longer the White House slow-walks this process the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff,” the speaker said in brief remarks opening the House floor’s session on Tuesday.
Mr. Boehner and Mr. Obama met over the weekend, and the speaker called it a “nice” get-together, but said it did little to get them past their current stalemate.
The House GOP has offered a proposal that included $800 billion in tax increases from ending tax loopholes and deductions for the wealthy, but Mr. Obama rejected that outright. He has insisted that negotiations can’t begin for real until Republicans agree to raise tax rates on the wealthy.
Minutes after Mr. Boehner spoke, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took to the chamber floor to reply, saying Mr. Obama should get credit for the spending cuts Congress already passed this year and for cutting Medicare as part of his health care law.
She said the goal now is to find more money from tax increases on the wealthy — and said Mr. Boehner will have to agree to that.
“We’ve committed to the cuts, we’ve acted upon the entitlements,” she said.