Welfare

Boehner’s very small concession: House Republicans will accept additional revenues in deficit-cutting deal so long as it coincides with ‘significant’ reforms to welfare programs

November 4, 2011

“The top Republican in the U.S. Congress, John Boehner, on Thursday said some additional revenue could be part of a deficit deal being negotiated by lawmakers, as long as it also includes significant reforms to benefits programs.

But the remarks by House of Representatives Speaker Boehner did not break the impasse over taxes as a congressional “super committee” struggles to reach a consensus on how to cut at least $1.2 trillion from deficits over 10 years.

An aide said Boehner was talking about non-tax revenues such as selling government land and other assets, increasing co-payments for healthcare and raising park admission fees.

Boehner repeated opposition to raising income tax rates, saying it would hurt economic growth.”

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