Boehner ends debt talks with President Obama
President Obama says House Speaker John Boehner "left (him) at the altar" by ending negotiations around 5:30 p.m. Friday.
July 22nd, 2011
06:02 PM ET

Boehner ends debt talks with President Obama

House Speaker John Boehner says he has ended debt talks with President Barack Obama, CNN has learned.

"I have decided to end discussions with the White House and begin conversations with the leaders of the Senate in an effort to find a path forward," Boehner says in a letter to be sent to Republican House members.

President Barack Obama he has told the Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress to come to the White House on Saturday morning to "explain to me how we are going to avoid default" on the nation's debt.

The president said his administration had offered "an extraordinarily fair deal" to cut expenditures and raise revenues, in return for Congress agreeing to hike the nation's debt ceiling. But he said that House Speaker John Boehner "left (him) at the altar" by ending negotiations around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

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  1. JR

    Aw, poor little Johnny didn't get enough whip cream on his already rich cake; now he is going to go home and cry into his silver bowl...

    July 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilly

      This is absolutely reason to put the Republicans out of office. Who walks out on their boss in an important meeting and they forget not just their party pays them.. We have a Revenue problem it has been ten years of Bush Tax Cuts and their party refers to either ten years of abuses or Three years of this President... The problem belongs to the Republicans the non-Christian party as God would never take from people in need and give to people that need nothing but money.. This Tea Party is anti-Government and Anti-American if they hate our government.. They allowed these tax cuts that added no value back into this country and made the wealthy wealthier... They complain about the mismanagement of government systems.. Americans need to get to the polls and stop this madness.... It is madness Deregulations on Banking, Lending Practices, Wall Street, Fund Managers, Insurance Companies, etc failed. We do not want more of this... Wars without budgets or plan. A President that said he prayed before taking us into ware and God said go, I think he said Vengenious is mine. An attack that the President was warned and did nothing.. All cost this country lives, jobs, lost Revenue and deficit. One stupid President and party agenda... God will judge this and the behavior of this Republican Congress. Take from the people that do not have the ability to pay but pay their taxes... The people with the ability do not have the willingness feel punished even though they owe this country because it allowed them success..... ...

      July 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mekell

    This isn't Boehner's call. He's not Tea party and knows they won't support ANY revenue hikes. You realize you'll pay 60,000+ to S.S. and medicare over your lifetime and won't see a cent in 20 years? That's because dem's keep taking from it for their social experiments. Enough's enough.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. knowmorethanu

    Listen up all you bleeding heart liberal and didn't want republican help when passing obamacare, you didn't want republican help passing massive loans to bail out auto companies and fact, i think we were told to sit in the back of the bus.....guess what obamanites.....we're getting off the's time to stop all the wasteful spending.......cut, cap and balance does all may be a tough pill to swallow but better than the will go down, just like the pill we had to swallow with obama take your may not feel any better but at least it will put everyone back on course to know that government is not the answer......

    July 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      How about someone explain why this is a good idea, instead of just backing a Republican plan because your a Republican. Learn how to think and not just follow the pied piper.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MORB

      @Joe- EXACTLY

      knowmorethanu, you just said absolutely nothing. Cutting spending means cutting public service. The best example is education. Did you attend any school at any point in your life? At least kindergarden? I do not understand why so many Americans can not see what Republicans are doing to our country. I fear the worst sometimes....

      July 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      So the oil companies pay taxes in this bill and all loopholes for the wealthy are also in there. If you are not wealthy you are backing the weathiest to get away with little or no taxation. So why should the middle class, seniors, and medicare pay more. The middle class had nothing to do with the banks making loans they could not handle. Bush put 61/2 -7 trillion on this 14.7 trillion deficit. The banks were failing till the last of his office days. Bush thought he could push it over on Obama. Where are the jobs that the republicans said if Obama would pass this Bush tax cuts. They never came and republicans have big business on their side to not hire and give jobs till they are back in. If we do not fight the big oil and utilities now we may never get the chance again. If you do not believe that dems want to pay off the debt look at our history. Historicly republicans get us in debt and the dems bail us out.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • FU Bob

      @knowmorethanu: Here's my proposal. Tax the pants out of every outsourcing company to make up for the lost tax revenue that losing 8 million jobs will bring. (Duh) Next let's make all these smarty pants business elites that borrowed OUR money actually pay that debt back (AIG had a ZERO tax burden after the bailout.. Was that offered to middle class?) After all they are the big brained people that bankrupted this country. I wonder how much money would that bring in towards paying the debt off? Hmm. Bush already had us in hundreds of billions of war debt prior to the collapse, then he tacked on $700 billion without strings or contractual agreements from the morons on Wall Street. Then Ohbozo came in and tacked on another $700 billion. Anyone who chooses political sides in this is an idiot. They are using smoke and mirrors while they rip everyone off. Targeted taxation and tariffs to any company that has been selling America out. It's not my fault or any other American's fault that the smart and connected few allowed us to get here.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @FU Bob-they are the only parties besides the Tea party to choose from. And the tea party has not only been dismal, but a 1 term team.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    It seems that Boehner speaks in such broad terms. He was talking about the extra 400 billion dollars in revenue the President was asking for and he told us that its going to come from tax increases to businesses. But neither the President or Speaker Boehner let us know which businesses. Are they big businesses? Does the President want to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans? Let us know the specifics so we know who is holding this up, I'm sick of the finger pointing.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • knowmorethanu

      The government DOES NOT HAVE A REVENUE has a spending problem.....don't you get it.......obviously not......

      July 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Ok, since I don't get it. Enlighten me. Tell me what programs are Republicans thinking about cutting?

      July 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • FU Bob

      Yes we need to stop going to war with countries that we gave WMD's too. That would help big time. We also need to start taxing companies that outsource since they don't really contribute anything to this country anyways. Don't tax all rich people.. Just the snakes.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wolfy

    It's called playing hardball. It's about time liberals didn't automatically get their way.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      You mean like the Bush tax cuts that got us partly in this mess? The Bush deregulation of banks? The pharma bill Bush passed and made his friends rich and made it harder on the elderly?

      July 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Bush had raised the debt 6x. He put us in crisis and now we have to fight the GOP for our standing internationally. The GOP will pay dearly this next election. People are sick of the republicans getting their way and putting the wealthiest first and the real working people last. Seaniors know exactly what republicans are doing.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bunny

    It's not the Dems who raid SS, Mekell. It's the GOP that wants their greedy little hands to play the futures and speculations game with.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Bunny it has been plundered so many times and has not been repaid, that is why it is broke. I would want the government to pay SS back and lets see how much money it really has.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bluemax

    Mr. Boehner said in his speech that he has the the same powers as the President. Where is Al Haig when you need him!

    July 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bunny

    Boehner is getting out of control...and he will go the way all egomaniacs do.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bunny

    Liberals automatically getting their way? If that were true, we wouldn't have had the pointless wars...

    July 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • letbfree

      Who got us in Libya and Afghanistan??? The antiwar guy you voted for, and we don't even know why we are there.

      July 24, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bunny

    Thank you, Joe.

    Want to know what I am?
    A GDI.
    Figure it out.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brenda

    No one wants to freaking compromise the Tea Party people would rather see this country go to hell than work with the democratic. We can't exploit the old and poor. I would rather have taxes raised...We need a new government and start over.

    July 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. han

    Wait a minute. 5pm he stands the president up? What the Senate are so busy after a certain time to be bothered with this stuff?! Obama is trying to break a deal with both parties and the republicans don't wanna even listen and stand by a team party pledge?! The ppl should vote on this if Washington cannot do it's job. This isn't the presidents fault.

    July 22, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Abby McGrath


    What, exactly, do you know? You haven't SAID anything!

    July 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Exactly Abby, I know what Republicans what to do, they want to cut any programs that doesn't benefit their wallet in anyway. They don't like to help anyone if it doesn't benefit them in anyway. I agree we can't just blow money all over the place but we are society that was built on shared sacrifice. When our people need help we should have programs that offer some relief to them, and when any politician wants to cut aid to educational programs that should be the biggest sign that, that person should be thrown out of any civil service office.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • letbfree

      And Joe the DEMS giving money to the unions, Acorn, GM and Chrysler doesn't bother you. How about all the money to South American so Soros can drill and then sell us the oil, sounds like a good plan - for Soros – a main DEM contributor.

      July 24, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Abby McGrath

    Boehmer is overstepping his bounds AND authority..he needs a reality check, and FAST!!!

    July 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • FU Bob

      Sounds like a veiled subliminal threat.. Lol good think I'm not Bo n er or O ta rdo...

      July 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Screwtape

    Given a voting machine, I would certainly vote for government officials who will take away a rich man's money and give it to me: then I won't have to work.

    July 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      How about having oil companies that pay nothing,nada,0, zilch pay some. How about the wealthy pay taxes on the money they send offshore. How about the wealthiest not have loopholes the middle class do not get. They won't be giving it to you, they would be paying their fair share.

      July 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
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