Boehner Not Eager for Deficit Deal During Lame-Duck Congress

Monday, 08 Oct 2012 11:30 AM

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
House Speaker John Boehner isn’t enthusiastic about the idea for a comprehensive budget deficit reduction deal during the lame-duck congressional session after the November elections.

“I think that’s difficult to do,” he told Politico. “And frankly, I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do — have a lot of retiring members and defeated members voting on really big bills. That’s probably not the appropriate way to handle the lame duck.”

With the budget deficit set to surpass $1 trillion for the fourth straight year and the $1 trillion fiscal cliff of automatic spending cuts and tax increases staring Congress right in the face, clearly something will have to be done soon. But Boehner obviously thinks it’s wiser to leave the heavy lifting until after Jan. 1, and he will work for a smaller accord during the lame duck.

Experts see a short-term agreement to push the fiscal cliff down the road as the most likely outcome of the lame-duck session. That makeshift agreement would also include the basic tenets of a long-term solution.

Boehner’s job may be much easier if Mitt Romney wins the White House, as he wouldn’t have to worry about placating a Democratic president. But he’s ready to deal with any contingency. “Listen, I’m going to play whatever hand I’m dealt – period,” Boehner said.

Republicans are expected to easily retain control of the House in next month’s elections. “Our team is doing real well from one coast to the other,” Boehner said. “We’re going to keep the House.”



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Legal Immigrants Being Blocked in Latest Obamacare Glitch

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 14:27 PM

Legal immigrants, eligible for Obamacare, are running into problems when they try to sign up for coverage on HealthCare. . . .

Cosby Said He Blocked 2005 Tabloid Story about Sex-Assault Accuser

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 12:42 PM

Comedian Bill Cosby struck a deal with the National Enquirer in 2005 to give the tabloid an exclusive interview about a  . . .

Trailer Unveiled for New Star Wars Film: 'The Force Awakens'

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 11:02 AM

The first teaser for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit the web.
There has been an awakening - ha . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved