House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was avoiding a "trap" when he said in an ABC interview that Congress needs to consider eliminating tax incentives for some major oil and natural gas companies, according to Michael Steel, Boehner's spokesman. "The Speaker made clear in the interview that raising taxes was a nonstarter, and he's told the president that. He simply wasn't going to take the bait and fall into the trap of defending 'Big Oil' companies," Steel said.

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