Report: Boehner Offers Tax Hikes On Incomes Over $1 Million – Update – Obama Says No


Let the caving begin! It looks like Speaker John Boehner has offered to agree to raising tax rates on people with earnings of $1 million and above.

Signaling new movement in “fiscal cliff” talks, House Speaker John Boehner has proposed raising the top rate for earners making more than $1 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. President Barack Obama, who wants higher top rates for households earning more than $250,000, has not accepted the offer, this person said.

The proposal, however, indicated progress in talks that had appeared stalled. The person would only discuss the plan on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.

As part of a broader budget deal, Boehner is still seeking more spending cuts than Obama has proposed, particularly in mandatory health care spending. Boehner has asked for a long-term increase in eligibility age for Medicare and for lower costs-of-living adjustments for Social Security. (Read More)

What are the odds that Obama will shoot down this proposal, just like he’s dismissed every other one? Many of his fellow Democrats, including Senator Chuck Schumer, have stated they only want to raise taxes on million dollar earners, so we’ll see how this plays out.

Update: As expected, Obama turned down Boehner’s office.

Lather, rinse, repeat.