According to sources, the tone in Washington may have gotten a little worse during the debate about the “fiscal cliff.” According to Politico, House Speaker John Boehner, who Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had earlier in the week accused of running a “dictatorship,” told Reid to “Go Fu*k Himself.”
Boehner had run into Reid in the lobby of the White house last Friday amid harsh negotiations dealing with the “fiscal cliff.” As Reid walked past Boehner, just mere steps away from the Oval Office, Boehner decided to let Harry Reid know how he really felt.
Politico reports the exchange went like this:
“Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.
Reid, a bit startled, replied: “What are you talking about?”
Boehner repeated: “Go f— yourself.”
Also being reported by The Weekly Standard, Boehner later bragged about the exchange to fellow Republicans.
All of this comes as the Senate and House have voted to approve a set of spending cuts and tax increases meant to keep the United States from going into an economic abyss. On January 1, without Congressional action, taxes were set to rise on every American as the Bush Tax Cuts were set to expire. In addition, because the government failed to act on the recommendations of President Obama’s debt reduction commission, more than $600 billion in spending cuts were set to take effect. Many economists warned that, without a deal to avert these measures, the American economy would most likely fall back into a recession.
The deal worked out by the Senate and House lets the tax cuts expire for individuals making more than $400,000 dollars per year and couples making more than $450,000. It also put off the spending cuts for two months while the sides try to work out a compromise.
Do you think Speaker Boehner was way out of line?