House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) answered President Obama's interview comments this morning that it was time for Congress to act to avert the "fiscal cliff." Excerpts from Boehner's news release:
"Americans elected President Obama to lead, not cast blame. The president's comments today are ironic, as a recurring theme of our negotiations was his unwillingness to agree to anything that would require him to stand up to his own party.
"The House has passed legislation to avert the entire fiscal cliff, and the president has never called for the Senate to act on those bills in any way. He instead has simply allowed the Democratic-controlled Senate to sit on them and lead our economy to the edge of the fiscal cliff. I am pleased Senators from both parties are currently working to find a bipartisan solution that can finally pass that chamber. That is the type of leadership America needs, not what they saw from the president this morning."