By Russell Berman - 05/16/12 02:59 PM EDT
House Speaker John Boehner (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 Reid (D-Nev.), Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are also scheduled to attend the White House meeting.