The Hill published a report Wednesday that ought to warm the hearts of all fiscally responsible Republicans and, perhaps, give hope that GOP Speaker John Boehner will hold to his pledges on taxes during these fiscal cliff talks with the White House.

The D.C. paper reported that Speaker Boehner (R-OH) quickly shot down the tax balloon floated by Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), who recently proposed that the House go with Obama’s idea of passing an immediate extension of the current tax rates for the middle class.

As The Hill further notes, Boehner and the rest of the GOP House leadership are sticking with their own pledge to make sure any fiscal cliff solutions are tied to spending cuts.

Comparing the nation’s spending crisis to a “freight train,” Boehner said “it’s time for the president and Democrats to get serious about the spending problem that our country has.”

The Party’s number three man, Chief deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R, IL) agreed saying, “The White House has not produced any of the balance in the president’s described balanced proposal.”

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