House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters on Wednesday morning that he was opposed to the suggestion of Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), a top House GOPer, to join President Obama and pass an extension of the Bush tax cuts for households earning less than $250,000 immediately in order to gain an upper hand in negotiations later, the Washington Post reports:
After an hourlong meeting of House Republicans, Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said that he told Cole in front of the entire conference that his approach was wrong. “I disagreed with him. … This is not the right approach,” Boehner told reporters. He said that the leadership team stuck by its position of allowing for increased tax revenue through closing loopholes but not with any increase in individual tax rates.