Is it hot in here or are debt talks getting really uncomfortable? While attempting to reach a deal on reducing the national debt once again on Tuesday at the White House, President Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had a spicy back-and-forth. The Washington Post reports:
Since pulling the plug on the deal, [Speaker John Boehner] has been largely silent in the meetings, leaving House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to present details of the House’s position. On Tuesday, people in both parties said, Obama tried to reestablish Boehner’s primacy.
Cantor, who is advocating a smaller deal, at one point demanded that Obama offer the details of his vision for a “grand bargain.”
“Where’s your paper?” he asked angrily.
Obama snapped back: “Frankly, your speaker has it. Am I dealing with him, or am I dealing with you?”
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel later said that the White House has not supplied Boehner with a detailed plan.