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Dec 15, 2012

School murders silence “cliff” rhetoric as deadline nears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mass murder in Connecticut silenced “fiscal cliff” talk on Saturday as the White House and Congress quietly got ready for a final scramble to avert the tax hikes and spending cuts set for the New Year, with sessions of the U.S. House of Representatives now scheduled just days before Christmas.

President Barack Obama canceled a trip he had planned to make next Wednesday to Portland, Maine to press his case for tax hikes for the wealthy. His weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday focused on Newtown, the site of Friday’s school shootings, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults before taking his own life.

Dec 14, 2012

Obama, Boehner hold “frank” meeting amid “fiscal cliff” frustration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner held a “frank” face-to-face meeting on Thursday in an effort to break an impasse in talks to avert the “fiscal cliff” of steep tax increases and spending cuts.

With an end-of-year deadline looming, the two leaders talked at the White House as frustration mounted over the recent lack of progress in negotiations that had become bogged down in a daily round of finger-pointing.

Dec 13, 2012

Frustrated Boehner digs in on U.S. ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans dug in on their opposition to raising taxes on the wealthy on Thursday, even as polls showed them at a growing disadvantage in the U.S. “fiscal cliff” showdown with President Barack Obama.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top congressional Republican, refused to give ground and voiced frustration about talks with the White House to avert the steep tax hikes and spending cuts that will be triggered at the end of the year unless Congress intervenes.

Dec 13, 2012

Frustrated Boehner digs in on “fiscal cliff” talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans dug in on their opposition to raising taxes on the wealthy on Thursday, even as polls showed them at a growing disadvantage in the U.S. “fiscal cliff” showdown with President Barack Obama.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top congressional Republican, refused to give ground and voiced frustration about talks with the White House to avert the steep tax hikes and spending cuts that will be triggered at the end of the year unless Congress intervenes.

Dec 12, 2012

Obama, Boehner talk and exchange new offers on “fiscal cliff”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Negotiations to avert the “fiscal cliff” ahead of a year-end deadline intensified as President Barack Obama and U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner spoke by phone on Tuesday after exchanging new proposals.

It was latest sign of possible progress in efforts to avoid the automatic steep tax hikes and spending cuts set for January 1 unless Congress intervenes.

Dec 11, 2012

Slow pace of U.S. ‘cliff’ talks a must, given sway of lobbyists

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – While some bemoan the slow
pace of talks on the “fiscal cliff” and the lack of specifics
offered in the negotiations, one seasoned deficit hawk in
Washington, North Dakota Democratic Senator Kent Conrad, thinks
it’s the only way to get the job done.

If Congress moved too fast and proposals got too specific
too soon, interest groups would kill everything off, he said.

Dec 11, 2012

Boehner stands firm but says hopeful on U.S. “fiscal cliff” talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner offered no concrete signs of progress on Tuesday on “fiscal cliff” talks but said he remained hopeful that both sides would reach an agreement by the end-of-year deadline.

Amid signs the White House and Boehner’s office are making headway in the talks, Boehner repeated his now-familiar call for President Barack Obama to offer a new proposal to avert the automatic steep tax hikes and spending cuts set for the end of the year unless Congress intervenes.

Dec 11, 2012

Boehner to give update on ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – House of Representatives
Speaker John Boehner will provide an update on Tuesday on
“fiscal cliff” talks amid signs that negotiations are making
headway, although both sides warned an agreement remained
uncertain.

Boehner will open the House session at noon ET (1700 GMT)
with an update, his office announced, as the pace of talks
quickened to avert the automatic steep tax hikes and spending
cuts set for the end of the year.

Dec 11, 2012

Neither side giving ground in U.S. “fiscal cliff” talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s office held more negotiations on Monday on ways to break the “fiscal cliff” stalemate, although neither side showed any public signs that they were ready to give ground.

The talks gained urgency after Republican Boehner met at the White House with President Barack Obama on Sunday, raising hopes of progress in averting the onset of tax increases and spending cuts that kicks in on January 1 unless Congress intervenes.

Dec 10, 2012

More U.S. ‘fiscal cliff’ talks but neither side giving ground

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s office held more negotiations on Monday on ways to break the “fiscal cliff” stalemate, but Republicans said they were still seeking a new offer from President Barack Obama.

With time running out to avert the onset of tax increases and spending cuts that kicks in on January 1 unless Congress acts, the pace of talks has begun to pick up although neither side gave ground in public.

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