Boehner: US tax-hike blame on Obama if he ignores Republican plan

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will

be responsible for taxes rising on Americans if he does not "get

serious" about a balanced deficit reduction plan or demand

Senate passage of a Republican bill to prevent tax increases on

all income below $1 million, House Speaker John Boehner charged

on Wednesday.

"Tomorrow the House will pass legislation to make permanent

tax relief for nearly every American," Boehner said in a short

on-camera statement. "Then the president will have a decision to

make. He can call on the Senate Democrats to pass that bill, or

he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American

history."