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Boehner: 'God only knows' how we reach a deal


“No, I’m not,” Boehner said in response to a question at a Capitol press conference, where he was joined by his chief lieutenant, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

The Speaker suffered the most embarrassing defeat of his two-year tenure on Thursday when he was forced to cancel a planned vote on legislation that would have allowed tax rates to rise on family income of more than $1 million.

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Boehner, who sent the House home for Christmas, said it was up to President Obama and the Democratic-led Senate to act to prevent a set of painful tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect beginning Jan. 1.

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