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.
.@brendan_buck What bunk. Senate passed a plan months ago extending tax cuts to 98%. POTUS supports. Speaker won't let it come to a vote.— Jay Carney (EOP) (@PressSec) December 18, 2012
.@presssec Hey Jay— Brendan Buck (@Brendan_Buck) December 18, 2012