House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, walks through the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 7, 2012, before speaking with reporters about the fiscal cliff and the need for both parties to find common ground and take steps together to help our economy grow and create jobs, which he says is critical to solving the national debt. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Photo by: BARBARA L. SALISBURY

House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, walks through the Capitol in Washington on Nov. 7, 2012, before speaking with reporters about the fiscal cliff and the need for both parties to find common ground and take steps together to help our economy grow and create jobs, which he says is critical to solving the national debt. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)