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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)

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

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (right), accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (left) and House Speaker John A. Boehner, gestures as he speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, accompanied by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (left), Washington Republican, and other members of House GOP leadership, gestures as he speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, arrives to speak to reporters after House Republicans voted for their leadership for the next session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, following a closed-door meeting with House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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While fellow (from left) Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lynn Jenkins and Eric Cantor look on, Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks to the media Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at the U.S. Capitol following a meeting with Republican House leadership. 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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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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Speaker of the House John Boehner exits a meeting room to speak to the media Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at the U.S. Capitol. Speaker Boehner said he is "confident" that Republicans 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)