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Boehner's Remarks at Press Conference, December 2012.

Speaker: John Boehner
Published December 19, 2012

House Speaker Boehner gave this press conference in response to President Obama's remarks on the fiscal cliff, on December 19, 2012.

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"Republicans continue to work toward avoiding the fiscal cliff.

"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. And I hope the president will get serious soon about providing and working with us on a balanced approach.

"Tomorrow, the House will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every American – 99.81 percent of the American people. And then the president will have a decision to make: He can call on Senate Democrats to pass that bill, or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history."

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