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Boehner: 'Polite' meeting but 'there's no plan' to replace sequester

On the heels of a meeting at the White House, Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) sits down for an exclusive interview and explains why he believes the House has done its job to stop the impending sequester.

Despite a “polite” meeting between congressional leaders and the president, Republicans see no short-term pathway to a budget compromise, House Speaker John Boehner told NBC News Friday.

“Listen, we’ve known about this for sixteen months,” Boehner told NBC’s David Gregory in an exclusive interview on Capitol Hill after the White House meeting. “And yet, even today there’s no plan from Senate Democrats or the White House to replace the sequester.”

Asked by Gregory if he sees any path forward for compromise, Boehner offered a less-than-optimistic assessment of the bipartisan session with Obama and the vice president. 

“If I did, that meeting at the White House today might have gone better,” Boehner replied. 

The full exclusive interview will run on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. Check your local listings. 


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