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Boehner: ‘Let’s rise above the dysfunction’

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WASHINGTON — House Speaker John A. Boehner made an opening offer Wednesday to avert an impending fiscal showdown, softening his party’s confrontational tone one day after its electoral losses. But he stood by the GOP’s core no-new-taxes pledge that has prevented a deal with the White House. The Ohio Republican shunned the bombastic approach favored by his tea party wing and sought to portray his House majority as ready to work with Obama when Congress returns for what is expected to be an intense lame-duck session.

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