White House, Boehner spokesmen bicker over Twitter

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The White House earlier in the day rejected House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) latest offer to avoid the tax rate deadlines at the end of the year. His offer would permanently extend tax rates on income below $1 million but allow rates to rise for people making more. Boehner called it "Plan B" in case a solution cannot be reached before current rates expire.

Boehner's spokesman Brendan Buck interpreted the rejection as the White House asserting: "We are opposed to having back-up plans to ensure taxes don't go up on every American."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney fired back at Buck in a tweet from his official account: " What bunk."

According to Carney in a previous statement, Boehner's offer would never pass the Senate, and does not pass the White House demand for a "balanced" plan. 

Buck did not let the bickering go any further on Twitter, instead simply greeting Carney by name in response to his tweet.

In a previous response to the White House, Buck argued that the White House "is threatening every American family with higher taxes" by refusing Boehner's concession to raising taxes on millionaires.


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