Obama plan "poor substitute" for growth: Boehner

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Posted: Sep 15, 2011 1:18 PM
Obama plan "poor substitute" for growth: Boehner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in Congress on Thursday dismissed President Barack Obama's job-creation package as a "poor substitute" for policies that would boost the economy and ruled out tax increases as a way to close the country's budget gap.

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said a special congressional committee should try to overhaul the tax code as it tries to trim stubborn budget deficits, but in a way that does not raise taxes.

(Reporting by Andy Sullivan and Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Sandra Maler)