Boehner calls on Obama to help Congress avoid automatic cuts
By Russell Berman
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday called on President Obama to intercede in the growing push to change the automatic spending cuts to military and domestic programs triggered by the congressional supercommittee's failure to strike a deficit reduction deal.
The $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts will take effect in 2013, and Republican leaders, along with some Democrats, have said they want to change them to protect the military. Obama has threatened to veto any effort to undo the trigger, known as sequestration, although the White House is still pushing for a broad deficit pact.
"I really believe that the president of the United States has a responsibility here as well," Boehner told reporters. "He's the commander in chief, he knows what those cuts will mean to the military and so I frankly believe the Congress still must work with the president to find a solution to our long-term debt."
The Hill, 12/1/11
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Wherein Boehner brings a whole new meaning to the term "ironic" (to say nothing of elevating "cynical" and "chutzpah" to new heights of ignominy).