Obama wants tax reform as part of a package replacing the looming cuts, but Republicans have refused to consider it.
The president said Tuesday that the Republican position “would be like Democrats saying we have to close our deficits without any spending cuts whatsoever. It's all taxes. That's not the position Democrats have taken. That's certainly not the position I've taken.”
But Republican congressional leaders on Tuesday questioned the president's commitment.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said, “Replacing the president's sequester will require a plan to cut spending that will put us on the path to a budget that is balanced in 10 years,” Boehner said. “What other spending is the president willing to cut?”
Congress is in recess this week, and won't return to Washington until Monday.