Fiscal Talk Freeze-Out
Indeed, Washington Post star reporter Bob Woodward earlier this month proposed delegating much of the dealmaking to technically adept staffers.
But it’s not happening. As the posturing and threat-making continues, Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says
The Office of Management and Budget and the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., did not respond to requests for comment.
A spokeswoman for House Majority Eric Cantor, R-Va., said, “For years, President Obama has been predicting economic growth and lower unemployment while embracing policies that achieve negative results. More government spending and higher taxes are not the answer to our economic challenges.
"We cannot free future generations from mountains of debt, nor achieve true economic recovery, if we continue on the same wasteful spending path in Washington. House Republicans twice last year passed legislation to replace the sequester with responsible reforms to entitlement programs -- the major drivers of our deficit. Rather than opposing our efforts, President Obama should join us.”