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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Feb 26, 2013 3:06 PM Flag

    Boehner tells Senate to 'get off their #$%$,' p#$%$ a bill to replace the sequester

    Boehner tells Senate to 'get off their #$%$,' p#$%$ a bill to replace the sequester

    By Russell Berman - 02/26/13 10:55 AM ET

    A salty Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday told members of the Senate to “get off their #$%$” and p#$%$ a bill to replace the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts that will kick in on March 1.
    “We have moved a bill in the House twice. We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their #$%$ and begins to do something,” Boehner told reporters in a press conference, repeating a message he had just delivered in a closed-door meeting of the House Republican conference.

    The House in 2012 approved measures twice to replace the cuts known as sequestration, but because a new Congress began in January, those bills are now inoperative. Still, Boehner has been adamant that the Senate move first in 2013 if Democrats want to stave off the cuts to military and domestic programs.
    “It’s time for the Senate to act,” Boehner said. “It’s not about the House. We’ve acted.”
    The House is not scheduled to be in session Friday, when the cuts will begin to take effect, but the Speaker said the lower chamber would be prepared to respond to Senate action.
    “If the Senate acts, I’m sure the House will act quickly,” he said.

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    The Senate plans to vote on two competing measures to replace or modify the sequester, but neither is expected to achieve the 60-vote threshold needed to advance.

    Boehner and other House GOP leaders repeated their criticism of President Obama for holding campaign-style rallies outside Washington instead of meeting with Senate Democratic leaders to hash out a solution. The president was scheduled to be in Newport News, Va., on Tuesday, where he will be joined by both Democratic lawmakers and one House Republican, Rep. Scott Rigell (Va.), who has said his party’s leaders should consider Democratic proposals to raise new tax revenue.
    “There’s a fundamental question here the president has to decide: Does he want to be president of a political party, or does he want to be president of the United States?” asked Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the third-ranking Republican. “It is time for leadership.”

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    • John Boehner draws a line in sequester sand

      Boehner has insisted that raising revenue cannot be part of any sequester solution. | AP Photo
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      By JAKE SHERMAN | 2/26/13 2:17 PM EST

      Just two days before the sequester is set to take effect, House Speaker John Boehner will reject closing tax loopholes outside of a comprehensive rewrite of the Tax Code — the central tenet of President Barack Obama’s plan to blunt the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.

      “Higher tax rates are not the answers to our problems,” Boehner will say in a speech Tuesday to the Credit Union National Association, according to prepared remarks. “Spending is the problem, and spending cuts are the solution. Yes, we should close loopholes, but we should do it as part of tax reform that lowers rates and helps create jobs. And again, this should be one of Washington’s highest priorities.”

      The comments reinforce the stalemate in the fight to blunt $85 billion in across-the-board cuts set to take effect on March 1. Both sides were in a holding pattern, with the speaker insisting that raising revenue cannot be part of any solution and President Barack Obama advocating a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts. Boehner reiterating that Obama’s plan is a non-starter is not a hopeful sign.

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