Even if President Obama had offered a cure for cancer as part of a debt-ceiling increase deal, Republicans would have rejected the deal, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said.
"If President Obama came in with a cure for cancer, they would have turned that down, too," Maloney said, according to the New York Daily News.
Maloney's comments come a few days after Obama and congressional leaders finally came to a deal on a debt-ceiling increase package. The deal raises the debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion while making $1 trillion in deficit cuts over 10 years and creates a bicameral joint committee to find an additional $1.5 trillion in spending cuts.
Some Democrats have voiced strong frustration to the final deal because it lacks liberal sticking points like added revenues in the form of either tax increases on the wealthy or an end to tax loopholes and subsidies for large corporations.
In an interview with CBS News, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that he got 98 percent of what he wanted in the final deal.
"When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted. I'm pretty happy," Boehner said Monday night.