By Russell Berman - 12/11/12 05:19 PM EST
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday took to the House floor to push President Obama to “get serious” and offer specific spending cuts in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.
“Where are the president’s spending cuts?” Boehner asked during a rare floor speech that he used to provide an update on the talks. “The longer the White House slow-walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff.”
“It was a nice meeting. It was cordial,” Boehner said. But he added that Republicans were still waiting for a plan from the White House beyond a request to increase taxes by $1.6 trillion over the next decade.
“Even if we did exactly what the president wants, we would see red ink as far as the eye can see," the Speaker said. “Right now the American people have to be scratching their heads and wondering, when is the president going to get serious?”
With talk of tax increases dominating the fiscal-cliff debate, Republicans have pushed to steer the conversation toward spending cuts.
Speaking hours after Boehner, White House press secretary Jay Carney accused Republicans of not putting forth a "concrete" proposal about how they would reduce spending.
"If the issue is 'Where are your proposals?' I think we've answered that," Carney said.
Carney said there is a "clean and simple way" to strike a deal and that begins with extending tax cuts for 98 percent of people, while increasing the tax rates for top earners.
This story was updated at 2:31 p.m.
Amie Parnes contributed to this story.