Optimistic despite a tightening deadline, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he and House Speaker John Boehner are “pretty close” to a grand fiscal deal to avoid a first-of-the-year shock to the economy, but that congressional Republicans “keep on finding ways to say no as opposed to finding ways to say yes.”
Obama cast a resolution to the “fiscal cliff” as a matter of political will. He said in the aftermath of the massacre of school children in Connecticut, the nation deserves a compromise by its political leaders.
“If this past week has done anything, it should just give us some perspective,” he said. And he urged lawmakers to “peel off the partisan war paint” and strike a deal.
Obama spoke to reporters at the White House after announcing an administration-wide response to Friday’s shooting at an elementary school in Newtown that killed 20 first-graders and six adults.
His comments came shortly after the White House threatened to veto Boehner’s backup plan for averting the “fiscal cliff.” Boehner’s measure, a so-called Plan B, would block tax increases from being triggered Jan. 1 on everyone but those whose incomes exceed $1 million. …Continued.
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Yesterday, Speaker Boehner had a 50 second press conference in which he announced a vote (today) on a ‘fiscal cliff bill’ that will give tax cuts to most Americans. “And if Democrats don’t pass it in the Senate, the responsibility for going over the fiscal cliff will be on President Obama.” Oh, no, he didn’t! Mr. Boehner, you cannot pass the buck so easily. I hear that the House is in a crisis and you are not really in charge. Some say, you are delaying negotiations until January to allow for your re-election on January 3, 2013. The American people watch the news, Mr. Boehner. We know that the ball is in your court and you are still trying to protect the richest of the rich from a raise in taxes. However, the President is resolute: The rich must pay their fair share! We will see how the wheel turns today with 11 days ’til we “go over the cliff.” Will Republicans accept political reality and accept President Obama’s deal? If not, some see a global crisis. Barack Obama: No more Mr. Nice Guy!
Invoking the somber aftermath of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., President Obama today appealed to congressional Republicans to embrace a standing “fair deal” on taxes and spending that would avert the fiscal cliff in 13 days.
“If there’s one thing we should have after this week, it should be a sense of perspective about what’s important,” Obama said at a midday news conference.
“I would like to think that members of that [Republican] caucus would say to themselves, ‘You know what? We disagree with the president on a whole bunch of things,'” he said. “‘But right now what the country needs is for us to compromise.'”