Via Roll Call:
The White House and congressional Democrats swiftly panned Speaker John A. Boehner’s plan to push legislation in the House that would let tax rates rise only for millionaires, the Ohio Republican’s “plan B” to avert the fiscal cliff.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney issued a statement saying the president remains willing to work with Republicans to reach a bipartisan solution to the fiscal cliff and he is “hopeful” they will.
The president, however, “is not willing to accept a deal that doesn’t ask enough of the very wealthiest in taxes and instead shifts the burden to the middle class and seniors,” Carney said. “The Speaker’s ‘Plan B’ approach doesn’t meet this test because it can’t pass the Senate and therefore will not protect middle class families, and does little to address our fiscal challenges with zero spending cuts.”I still think the House should pass Simpson-Bowles. It contains less in tax increases and much more in spending cuts than anything Boehner is likely to negotiate with Obama. Obama and Democrats could refuse to pass it, but since it was proposed by a bipartisan commission Obama cre4ated. That would throw the blame squarely on Obama and democrats.