WH official says Boehner counter-offer included permanent extension of lower tax rates for top two tax brackets.— Jake Tapper
WASHINGTON — A spokesman for Speaker of the House John Boehner is denying a reported White House claim that he asked President Barack Obama for a permanent extension of lower tax rates on the top two tax brackets in fiscal cliff negotiations.
Boehner replied to a White House offer on the fiscal cliff Monday with a counteroffer of is own on Tuesday, and spokesman Brendan Buck says it included a call for comprehensive tax reform, and not a permanent extension of tax cuts for the wealthy, as a White House official told ABC News’ Jake Tapper.
“No, that’s deliberately misleading [White House] spin,” Buck told BuzzFeed in response to Tapper’s tweet.” Our goal, as Boehner has made clear repeatedly and publicly, is a framework for comprehensive tax reform.”
Buck added that asking for the permanent lower rates would be “moot” anyway, given Boehner’s call for broader reform.
The back-and-forth is just the latest leak in a month-long negotiation, as both sides jockey for public positioning on the trillions in spending and taxing decisions due by the end of the year.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the administration would not be negotiating through the media, because it lessens the likelihood of a deal.
“These things are possible, but they’re less possible if we try to negotiate them on an hourly or daily basis in the media,” he told reporters.
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tapper’s report.
- President Trump signed executive orders today to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, prompting praise from pro-Trump unions.
- Press Secretary Sean Spicer dodged multiple questions at today's White House briefing on Donald Trump's false claim that millions of illegal immigrants voted in the election.
- White supremacist Richard Spencer rented space in Alexandria, Virginia, that he intends to use as a hub for the alt-right, sparking outrage and complaints from neighbors.
- And the 2017 Oscar nominations for Best Picture are: "La La Land," "Moonlight," "Arrival," "Hidden Figures," "Hacksaw Ridge," "Manchester by the Sea," "Lion," "Fences," and "Hell or High Water" 🎥 🎬
- Britain's Supreme Court has ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May needs to consult parliament before triggering Brexit.