By Russell Berman - 05/16/12 02:59 PM EDT
House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerGraham: 'Lucifer may be the only person Trump can beat in a general election' Obama mocks GOP, media and himself in final WHCA dinner address Obama pals around with Boehner in WHCA dinner video MORE (R-Ohio) said he plans to use a Wednesday meeting at the White House to press President Obama to offer a plan to stave off looming spending cuts and tax increases at the end of the year.
It could be an awkward meeting.
Asked on Wednesday morning what he wanted to talk about with Obama, Boehner replied that he wanted to know: “Where’s the president’s plan to tackle our looming debt crisis? Where’s the president’s plan to stop the largest tax increase in American history from occurring on Jan. 1? Where’s the president’s plan to replace these indiscriminate cuts to our military, which will devastate their ability to keep our country secure?”
The Speaker was referring to the expiration of the so-called Bush tax cuts and the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts set to take effect in January as a result of the failure of last year’s deficit “supercommittee.”
Obama’s “to-do list” includes a small-business tax credit, new spending on clean-energy manufacturing, expanded refinancing opportunities for homeowners and a jobs program for military veterans.
The Speaker on Tuesday called on Obama and other leaders to get started now on confronting the expiring provisions before a lame-duck session, including a predicted increase in the debt ceiling.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidReid 'fairly certain' Democrats will win Senate Satanists balk at Cruz comparison Cory Booker is Clinton secret weapon MORE (D-Nev.), Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Finance: House rejects financial adviser rule; Obama rebukes Sanders on big banks Senators roll out changes to criminal justice bill Sanders is most popular senator, according to constituent poll MORE (Ky.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are also scheduled to attend the White House meeting.