Boehner rules out quick fix

Won’t delay vital budget cuts, he says

Posted: February 7, 2013 at 4:22 a.m.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, repeats his call for President Obama to submit a budget proposal to Congress, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Eager to buy time and avoid economic pain, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Tuesday to pass targeted short-term spending cuts and higher taxes as a way to put off sweeping, automatic cuts that would slice deeply into military and domestic programs starting March 1. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that he will oppose any delay of $1.2 trillion in automatic U.S. spending reductions set to begin March 1 unless Congress replaces them with other “cuts and reforms.” Boehner said it is time for Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama to come up with a plan to replace the spending cuts, called sequestration. He said he is “more than willing” to work with them, as he reiterated his opposition to tax-revenue increases in such a proposal.

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