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Conservative lawmakers and interest groups have said House Speaker John A. Boehner's offer of $800 billion in tax increases abandoned core Republican principles and earned no credit from a White House that has insisted on even bigger tax hikes. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks Nov. 14, 2012, to reporters at the Capitol in Washington after the House Republicans voted for their leadership for the next session of Congress. He is flanked by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left), Virginia Republican, and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Kansas Republican. (Associated Press)

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters after the House Republicans voted for their leadership for the next session of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. He is flanked by Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., left, and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner (right), Ohio Republican, and Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, walk in the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 13, 2012, en route to voting on a stopgap spending bill that avoids a government shutdown. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks Nov. 14, 2012, to reporters at the Capitol in Washington after the House Republicans voted for their leadership for the next session of Congress. He is flanked by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left), Virginia Republican, and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Kansas Republican. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, participates in a ceremonial swearing in with Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 5, 2011. (Associated Press)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republlican, talks to reporters after private discussions with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republlican, talks to reporters after private discussions with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks to reporters after private discussions with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the fiscal cliff negotiations, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. "No substantive progress has been made between the White House and the House" in the past two weeks, Boehner said. The “fiscal cliff” is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts worth about $670 billion that will take effect at the start of next year unless Congress and the White House agree to postpone or replace them. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republlican, talks to reporters after private discussions with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Speaker of the House John Boehner enters a press conference to speak to the media Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at the U.S. Capitol following a conference meeting with House Republican leaders about the fiscal cliff. Speaker Boehner said he is "confident" that they will be able to reach agreement with the president to avoid the fiscal cliff, although he did say that he is opposed to raising taxes on the wealthy, which is part of the president's plan. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks to reporters about the looming financial crisis in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Speaker of the House John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, talks to reporters after private discussions with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the fiscal cliff negotiations, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. "No substantive progress has been made between the White House and the House" in the past two weeks, Boehner said. The “fiscal cliff” is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts worth about $670 billion that will take effect at the start of next year unless Congress and the White House agree to postpone or replace them. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Speaker of the House John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, talks to reporters after private discussions with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the fiscal cliff negotiations, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. "No substantive progress has been made between the White House and the House" in the past two weeks, Boehner said. The “fiscal cliff” is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts worth about $670 billion that will take effect at the start of next year unless Congress and the White House agree to postpone or replace them. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks to reporters about the looming financial crisis in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, about the looming financial crisis. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, about the looming financial crisis. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, about the looming financial crisis. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters in the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, about the looming financial crisis. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters about the looming financial crisis on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at the House Visitors Center at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)