As today’s news shows, it’s not Republicans who are standing in the way of the balanced solution President Obama wants for the fiscal cliff – his own party won’t get serious about cutting spending.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Republican leaders today met with Erskine Bowles and the “Fix the Debt” coalition to discuss a balanced framework for averting the fiscal cliff.

In an effort to avert the “fiscal cliff” without hurting our economy, Republicans have offered to accept new revenue demanded by Democrats if it comes from tax reform and is tied to needed spending cuts. But an increasing number of Democrats seem uninterested in working together, resisting sensible spending cuts or threatening to drive us off the cliff altogether. And people are starting to notice:

The House Republican majority in the House of Representatives has renewed the landmark ban on earmarks for the 113th Congress.

Speaker John Boehner “has been a longtime proponent of the earmark ban,” reports The Hill, “having never requested any so-called ‘pork barrel’ spending during his tenure in the House.”

A new Gallup survey out today shows a strong majority of Americans favor simplifying the tax code by lowering rates and closing loopholes (70%), saving our biggest entitlement programs (88%), and making needed spending cuts (72%). This is the framework for averting the fiscal cliff outlined by Speaker John Boehner and supported by a growing number of people on both sides of the aisle.

In remarks today on averting the president’s “fiscal cliff,” Speaker John Boehner cited the bipartisan Tax Reform Act of 1986 as a model for how Republicans and Democrats can work together to pave the way for long-term economic growth, help bring jobs home, and rein in our national debt.

Two years later, the GOP has kept its Pledge – but the fight continues in Democratic-controlled Washington.

"Today’s news is another sad reminder of President Obama’s broken promise to cut the deficit in half."

Quoting his father at a campaign rally today, Vice President Joe Biden said, “Show me your budget, and I will tell you what you value.” That’s interesting, because President Obama’s budget is a national laughingstock that was rejected in both the House and the Senate by a vote of 0-513.

House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement to consider a six-month continuing resolution (CR) in September consistent with the spending cap level in the Budget Control Act.