House Speaker John Boehner, countering perceptions that there is a growing rift between him and his chief deputy, Eric Cantor, on deficit reduction, told Republicans in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he will not allow tax hikes, and blasted the White House for continuing to push them.

“Am I angry about it? I sure as hell am,” Boehner said

The testy comments come as bipartisan congressional leaders prepare to sit down Tuesday afternoon for the third day in a row to figure out a deficit-reduction deal which could clear the way for an increase in the debt ceiling. But with talks in a stalemate, Boehner put the blame squarely on the White House. He told reporters the debt-ceiling increase is “his problem” and put the onus on him to present a deficit-reduction plan that can pass Congress.

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