The House is debating a bill that would permanently extend the Bush-era tax cuts to those who earn less than $200,000 and couples with incomes that fall under $250,000. Republicans are opposed to the bill because it excludes higher income earners.
“I'm trying to catch my breath so I don't refer to this, this maneuver, today as chicken crap, alright?” Boehner said in response to a reporter who asked about the legislation.
“It's nonsense, the election was one month ago. We are 23 months until the next election and the political games have already started trying to set up the next election,”
The House bill, if it passes, stands little prospect of passing in the Senate, where Democrats have a much smaller majority and need 60 votes to beat back a GOP filibuster.
As the House debates the tax bill, a bipartisan group of lawmakers are meeting in the Senate with administration officials in an effort to cut a deal on the tax breaks that stands a chance of passing in both chambers.
Boehner said he believes there are “substantive conversations going on,” in those meetings but so far, no deal appears imminent.