House Conservatives: Blame for Fiscal Cliff ‘Rests Squarely on Boehner’s Shoulders’

Patrick Burke | December 12, 2012 | 4:15pm EST
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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, who conferred with President Barack Obama by phone yesterday, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, following a closed-door meeting with the GOP. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( - House conservatives believe there is no good proposal put forth by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) or President Obama to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” and blame for the current Republican position “rests squarely” on Boehner’s shoulders.

“Let’s do something that’s real unusual in this town. Let’s talk about accountability. I don’t care whoever you are. The position the speaker’s in right now—if there’s any blame to be placed, it’s squarely on his shoulders,” said Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.).

“Everything that they’ve negotiated over the last two years that he’s been in Congress has been at his beck and call, what he wanted. The Budget Reconciliation Act was the deal he wanted. The budget was what he wanted. The fight that we had over spending was what he wanted,” Landry said.

“Where we are today – and what’s amazing to me – is that we’re just kicking a can down the road, and every time we kick it, what we don’t recognize is that it gets heavier. And it’s harder to kick it. That is it,” he said.

“There’s no deal on the table from either side that is a good deal for the American people. Not one deal,” said Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said Wednesday at a press conference with several House conservatives.

“Because the debt is going to increase whether it’s Speaker Boehner’s proposal or the resident’s proposal, debt is going to increase by 8 or 9 trillion over the next 10 years, and taxes are going to go up,” Amash added.

Landry said that House Republicans have failed to follow conservative principles, and any deal reached to avert the fiscal cliff “is going to be bad.”

“The problem that we have is not because of conservatives at all. It’s because we failed to follow conservative principles,” he said. “Now just because you’re a conservative doesn’t mean you’re a Republican or a Democrat. It just means that you believe in those principles which means you spend what you have. And the messaging is bad, and the deal is going to be bad.” reported that there is little difference between proposals laid out by Boehner and the White House, according to a report from the Committee for a Responsible Budget.

Obama’s proposal outlines $1.6 trillion in tax hikes with $50 billion more in government spending, which will put the debt at 73 percent of GDP by 2022.

Boehner’s plan of $800 billion in tax increases and approximately $1 trillion in spending cuts will place debt at 72 percent of GDP.

Both plans are attempts to avoid the fiscal cliff, which will result in the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and automatic spending cuts (sequestration) at the start of 2013.

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