House Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday that President Obama should stop casting blame and instead lead efforts to avert the “fiscal cliff,” saying Mr. Obama could have solved the situation long ago if he’d put more pressure on Senate Democrats.
Speaking after Mr. Obama’s interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Boehner said he repeatedly has given ground but said the White House has moved the goal posts back each time.
Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Mr. Obama no longer supports spending cuts he had “agreed to just last year,” and the House leader said his own efforts to offer tax increases as part of a bargain were met with even higher demands.
“We’ve been reasonable and responsible. The president is the one who has never been able to get to ‘yes,’” Mr. Boehner said in a statement Sunday afternoon.
He has called the House back into session later Sunday to be ready in case Senate leaders strike a deal to avert the tax increases and spending cuts that are looming in just two days.
Mr. Boehner said the pressure is entirely on the Senate, since the House already has passed bills that would rewrite the spending cuts and cancel the tax increases. The Senate has yet to send the House anything similar.
“The president has never called for the Senate to act on those bills in any way. He instead has simply allowed the Democratic-controlled Senate to sit on them and lead our economy to the edge of the fiscal cliff,” Mr. Boehner said.