Some veteran Republican lawmakers suggested that they could accept higher rates, notably Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, who's considered close to Boehner, and Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who is regarded as one of the Senate's most outspoken conservatives.
Obama and Boehner spoke earlier this week, and Boehner called the conversation "pleasant, but just more of the same."
So, Boehner said Friday, "There's no progress to report," adding, "The White House has wasted another week."
At the White House, officials declined to comment, while the administration continued its public push for middle-class tax breaks.
Vice President Joe Biden had lunch at the Metro 29 Diner in Arlington, Va., with a half-dozen handpicked Americans whose income taxes would rise if a deal isn't reached by the end of the month.
Biden said it would take "15 minutes" for a bill to get done if Boehner agreed to let taxes on the wealthy go up. He said while the administration preferred having the rates go up to Clinton-era levels it was willing to negotiate with Republicans.
Attendees include a naturalized citizen from Colombia whose wife recently lost her job, a small-business owner whose children have developmental disabilities, and a college senior.
Anne Marie Munos of Falls Church, Va., who cares for three seniors, was selected for the lunch after she responded on the White House website.
"I can't see how we can afford to pay more taxes," she wrote. "We certainly won't be able to boost the economy because our buying power will suffer even more than it already has."
Obama is trying to pressure Congress through a public relations blitz while leaving top aides to work out a compromise. Since beginning the #My2K campaign a week ago, more than 100,000 stories have been shared on WhiteHouse.gov and 250,000 tweeted with the hash tag #My2k.