Boehner Accuses Obama Of ‘Shifting The Goal Posts’ On Fiscal Cliff

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Wednesday accused President Obama of “shifting the goal posts” in fiscal cliff negotiations and repeated his call for the president to put forth a plan that can pass both chambers of Congress.

“The president’s own words confirm that the responsible proposal put forward by Republicans can be implemented in a manner that meets the president’s own standards,” Boehner said in a statement. “If our offer is not acceptable to the president, then he has an obligation to show leadership by presenting a credible plan of his own that can pass both houses of Congress. The president talks about a balanced approach, but he’s rejected spending cuts that he has supported previously and refuses to identify serious spending cuts he is willing to make today. This is preventing us from reaching an agreement. With the American economy on the brink of the fiscal cliff, we don’t have time for the president to continue shifting the goal posts. We need to solve this problem.”

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