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David Corn: Boehner Did Not Rule Out Tax Revenues to Prevent Sequestration

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In recent days, as $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts--a.k.a. sequestration--have neared, Republicans have tried mightily to depict this indiscriminate slashing as President Barack Obama's doing (while also accusing Obama of fear-mongering regarding the cuts' recessionary impacts). They have gleefully asserted that it was the White House that first suggested sequestration as a means to resolve the debt ceiling impasse created by GOPers in 2011. But their accusation has been undermined by a fact recently highlighted in multiple media accounts: When they passed the sequestration bill, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top GOPers in Congress, each accepted sequestration as it was designed.

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