Speaker of the House John Boehner said Congress and the White House have been unable to reach a deal to avert the fiscal cliff because President Barack Obama “still isn’t serious” about cutting federal spending.

Boehner was asked on Thursday at his weekly press briefing why Congress is in session “this late every single year.”

“Well, we really shouldn’t be,” he replied. “I argued going back to spring that this issue had to be dealt with. That’s why in May the House moved a bill to replace the sequester with other cuts in mandatory spending. It’s why in July the House passed a bill to extend all of the current tax rates. I’ve been pushing all year for us to address this problem.”

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