The White House on Monday accused Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) of flip-flopping on the Senate’s two-month payroll tax package and increased pressure on House Republicans to pass the measure.
Boehner on Monday predicted the Senate bill would fail in the House and called for negotiations between the chambers on legislation that would extend the payroll tax cut for a year. He said the Senate bill would only create uncertainty for business while delaying tough decisions.
But White House press secretary Jay Carney said the Speaker wasn’t always opposed to the Senate bill, which leaders in the upper chamber crafted to buy time for more negotiations.
“He was for it before he was against it,” Carney said.
The White House has tried to pin the blame on House Republicans in the event that the payroll tax break does not get extended. "Most Americans would expect the House" to pass the bill, stressed Carney.