Boehner starts second speaker term vowing end to one-on-one meetings with Obama
John Boehner’s first order of business in his second term as speaker is no more one-on-one meetings with President Obama.
An aide to the speaker, who won re-election to the leadership post Thursday afternoon, confirmed to Fox News that Boehner is done with closed-door talks with the president.
Boehner and Obama over the past two years have made two unsuccessful attempts at striking a “grand bargain” deficit-reduction deal. The last set of talks, in the context of crafting a bill to avert the fiscal crisis, ended with Boehner exiting the negotiations and pushing a failed “Plan B” and then being forced to bring a Senate-passed bill to the floor. Though the bill passed the House, Republicans largely opposed it.