House Speaker John Boehner Thursday said the House will vote next week to extend the Bush-era tax cuts and challenged House Democrats to offer any alternative tax plan they wish.

At a briefing, Boehner dismissed the tax cut package that was approved by the Senate Wednesday and said he expects the House to pass a bill that extends all the tax cuts for a year and launch a process to pass “pro-growth tax reform” plan next year.

He said he is “more than happy” to let House Democrats offer as an alternative either President Obama’s tax cut plan or the one passed by Senate Democrats this week.

“We’ll see what they offer,” Boehner said.

Boehner continued to blame Democrats for the scheduled across-the-board spending cuts that were mandated by the failure of the Super Committee last year.

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