Boehner calls on Obama to offer debt limit plan 

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has issued a statement calling on President Obama to get involved in the debt limit talks that have come to a stalemate.

Boehner also said in the statement that the deal cannot include tax increases because such a proposal could not pass in the House.

The statement comes in response to one issued Thursday evening by Vice President Joe Biden, who said the deal should include cuts across the budget, closing tax loopholes and sacrifices "that include the most fortunate among us."

Here's the statement:

"The American people voted for a new majority in the House with clear orders to end the spending binge in Washington. The American people will not accept an increase in the debt limit that is accompanied by job-crushing tax hikes and fails to dramatically cut and reform government spending. They understand that a debt limit deal that raises taxes and fails to rein in spending will hurt our economy and further impede job creation. And since January, I have been clear: the new majority in the House will stand with the people.

"The president and his party may want a debt limit increase that includes tax hikes, but such a proposal cannot pass the House. The president and his party may want a debt limit increase without spending cuts that exceed the amount of the debt limit hike, but such a proposal cannot pass the House. The president and his party may want a debt limit increase without budget reforms that will restrict Washington's ability to spend in the future, but such a proposal cannot pass the House.

"These are the realities of the situation. If the president and his allies want the debt limit increased, it is only going to happen via a measure that meets these tests. If the president puts forth such a proposal, he has my word that the House will act on it. But a measure that fails to meet these tests cannot pass the House. If the president wants this done, he must lead. We have an extraordinary opportunity to do something big for our economy and our country. With presidential leadership, we can seize this moment and deliver something important for the people we serve."

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