A few months later, an extension of a payroll tax cut was the issue, and Boehner was insisting on a year-long renewal rather than the temporary plan that passed the Senate with votes from lawmakers in both parties.
‘‘How can you do tax policy for two months?’’ he asked on Dec. 18, 2011. ‘‘I believe that two months is just kicking the can down the road.
‘‘The American people are tired of that.’’
At issue now is series of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to kick in with the new year that economists caution could send the economy into a recession.
AP Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber contributed to this report.