The press secretary for House Speaker John Boehner denounced President Barack Obama's "grand bargain" on jobs via angry tweets Tuesday, saying Boehner's camp heard about the proposal through the Associated Press wire service rather than from the president himself.
Brendan Buck criticized the president's budget proposal in a series of tweets, stating it would "crush small businesses and increase stimulus spending."
"Wish I'd seen the White House meeting where someone suggested packaging a host of things Republicans oppose and calling it a grand bargain," he wrote.
In case you were curious, we heard about this "grand bargain" offer from the AP wire.— Brendan Buck (@Brendan_Buck) July 30, 2013
Wish I'd seen the White House meeting where someone suggested packaging a host of things Republicans oppose and calling it a grand bargain.— Brendan Buck (@Brendan_Buck) July 30, 2013
Obama's "grand bargain" would cut corporate tax rates in exchange for job investments.
Senior administration officials described the proposal as the first of a number of new economic ideas Obama plans to offer in the coming months, the AP reports. Administration officials have not given a dollar amount for the proposal or said how many jobs would be created because those figures would be negotiated with Congress.
With Obama not contacting Boehner's office and reporters allegedly receiving two briefings on the "grand bargain" from the White House while Congress is yet to have one, Buck doubted the president's proposal was a serious attempt at budget reform.