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Boehner: House Moving Forward on Plan B

TOBY JORRIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday afternoon that the House will move forward on his Plan B option to make the current tax rates permanent for people earning less than $1 million a year.

“Tomorrow, the House will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every American -- 99.81 percent of the American people. Then the president will have a decision to make,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “He can call on Senate Democrats to pass that bill or he could be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history.”

While the speaker’s top aides continue to work quietly behind the scenes with White House officials with the hope of reaching a last-minute agreement, Boehner emphasized once again that the president’s latest offer is far from the type of balance Republicans could support.

“The president’s offer of $1.3 trillion in revenues and $850 billion in spending reductions fails to meet the test that the president promised the American people -- a balanced approach,” Boehner said. “I hope that the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach.”

The speaker’s statement lasted only 52 seconds and he did not take any questions from the dozens of reporters jammed into a narrow corridor at the Capitol.

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