Boehner to Obama: ball’s in your court. Speaking publicly for the first time since a face-to-face meeting with Obama Sunday, House Speaker John Boehner urged President Obama to lay out specific spending cuts to accompany the White House's demand for tax increases on the wealthy. Boehner’s move is in effort to shift the fiscal cliff debates away from the issue of tax rates and into a territory that Republicans are more comfortable with. Echoing his frustrated “we're nowhere” mantra, Boehner expressed a familiar dissatisfaction. “The longer the White House slow walks this process, the closer our economy gets to the fiscal cliff,” he said.