Howard Dean: Boehner is a ‘good Speaker’

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John Boehner has been a good Speaker of the House so far, former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Howard Dean said Monday.

Dean, a 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, said that while he didn’t agree with Speaker Boehner on much, he thought the Ohio Republican was a reasonable person with whom Democrats could do business.

“I think John Boehner’s a reasonable person. I certainly don’t agree with his political philosophy, but I think he’s a good Speaker, and I think he understands how you get things done in Washington,” Dean said on CNBC.

Boehner’s led House Republicans in insisting on substantial cuts to the rest of this year’s budget, a stance putting him at odds with Democrats in the Senate and President Obama.

Republicans passed a bill to fund the government the rest of the year, but cut $61 billion in existing spending. The White House has threatened a veto of that proposal, and now Boehner’s Republicans are in negotiations with the administration and Senate leaders over a possible solution before the government runs out of money on March 18.

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