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Boehner to House Repubs: 'Divided We Fail'

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, finishes a prepared statement to reporters about the elections and the unfinished business of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The first post-election test of wills could start next week when Congress returns from its election recess to deal with unfinished business — including a looming "fiscal cliff" of $400 billion in higher taxes and $100 billion in automatic cuts in military and domestic spending to take effect in January if Congress doesn't head them off. Economists warn that the combination could plunge the nation back into a recession.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Republicans should be open to putting tax reform and closing tax loopholes on the table in upcoming fiscal cliff negotiations if spending controls are agreed to, offered Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said during a telephone conference call this afternoon with rank-and-file House Republicans.

According to a source with knowledge of the call, Boehner told members Tuesday's mandate from voters to federal officeholders "is for us to work together, (and) bring solutions to the American people."

Boehner also told his colleagues to remain unified in what they do.
 
"Divided we fail; not just next session but the next two months," he was quoted as saying, a reference to the upcoming post-election lame-duck session.

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