Obama shakes hands at The Rodon Group manufacturing facility Friday in Hatfield, Pa. He made a case for action on fiscal cliff legislation and urged congress to work together for a solution.
Finally, there is at least the chance that the Obama offer will make it easier in the end for Boehner to rally his troops for a compromise. Once he bargains down,Boehner will be able to point to a trophy wall of items from Obama’s opening bid that won’t make it to the finish line, including, almost certainly, the idea of eliminating Congress’ role in raising the debt ceiling.
But so far at least, the GOP isn’t buying that logic.
“This isn’t helpful to getting a deal and avoiding the cliff, no,” tweeted Rory Cooper, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., in response to that idea.
And the audacity of the Obama bid had some in the GOP calling for just as audacious of a counter-offer.
“We should counter w/ 10 to 1 cuts to revenue, elimination of [the Department of Education], land sales, and a monument to Reagan on the National Mall,” tweeted Brian Phlllips, spokesman for Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.