THE HUFFINGTON POST
By Sam Stein and Sabrina Siddiqui
WASHINGTON — Negotiations to resolve forthcoming tax hikes and spending cuts had their bleakest day in weeks on Tuesday, aides from both sides told The Huffington Post. Still, those involved in talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said they held hope that the snag was simply the usual negotiation histrionics and won’t prevent a deal before the so-called fiscal cliff.
Boehner and Obama remain in talks, aides in the House and in the Obama administration said. But bickering and acrimony was on the rise. A flurry of new proposals, hastily offered press releases, and emotional caucus meetings on Tuesday had folks on Capitol Hill legitimately worried that they will burn through Congress’s traditional Christmas deadline for resolving legislative standoffs without reaching an agreement.
“Today was a step back,” said one top Senate Democratic aide. “There are two schools of thought. Either the wheels are totally coming off or one wheel has come off and can still be put back on. I’m more towards the former.” FULL ARTICLE
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