Boehner called it a "Plan B" in the event that current negotiations continue past the deadlines at the end of the year, when current George W. Bush-era tax rates expire and mandatory spending cuts are implemented. The debate over extending the tax rates has centered on Republicans' push to extend all tax rates, and Obama's push to allow rates applying to families making more than $250,000 annually to expire. Boehner's latest offer actually differs substantially from past refusals to consider raising taxes at all.
But the White House said the offer is not good enough, arguing it would never pass the Democratic-controlled Senate. Obama "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," the White House press secretary said of Boehner's plan.
“After spending months saying we must ask for more from millionaires and billionaires, how can they reject a plan that does exactly that? By once again moving the goal posts, the president is threatening every American family with higher taxes,” Boehner's spokesman Brendan Buck fired back.