House Speaker John Boehner said some members of the Republican caucus refused to back his tax measure because they didn't want to be accused of raising taxes.

Boehner spoke to reporters in Washington a day after he scrapped a plan to allow higher tax rates on annual income above $1 million, throwing already-stalled budget talks into turmoil.

It was "not the outcome I wanted, but it was the will of the House," Boehner said. "They were dealing with the perception that someone might accuse them of raising taxes."

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