This administration lies like it’s a natural body function.
The White House said Friday that there were no surprises in their closed-door proposal to House and Senate Republicans to resolve the fiscal cliff.
“I was surprised that they were surprised,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling on Air Force One.
Sources in the meeting told POLITICO that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, speaking on behalf of the administration, proposed a two-step process to raise $1.6 trillion dollars in revenue. The first step would raise $960 billion through higher taxes on upper earners, while another $600 billion would come from tax reform. Geithner also asked Congress to cede its power to raise the debt ceiling.
Hill Republicans immediately rejected the offer, with House Speaker John Boehner saying “no substantive progress has been made” on resolving the impasse. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he “bust into laughter” at the proposal.
Earnest declined to confirm specifically what Geithner proposed to the Hill, but said: “There’s nothing that was included in those discussion that is going to come as a surprise to you”